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The National Center for Epidemiology, Prevention and Control of Diseases (CDC Peru) of the Ministry of Health (MINSA), reports that in Peru between epidemiological week (EW) No. 1 to EW 24 of this year, 37  outbreaks of  Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease (HFMD) with a cumulative 193 cases; and since EW 16 there has been an increase in notifications of outbreaks, mainly in educational institutions.

Hand Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD)
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So far in 2023, 53% of the total cases have been reported in educational institutions in 6 regions (Amazonas, Junín, San Martin, Callao, Lima and Cusco) and 47% in the community. In this sense, 98% correspond to children under 5 years of age.

Currently, there are 14 active outbreaks in the regions of Arequipa, Junín, Lima and Ica.

The cases are characterized by: general malaise, fever, sore throat, as well as vesicles in the perioral cavity, palms and soles of the hands and feet.

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Finally, HFMD is highly transmissible, therefore the CDC Peru recommends the following prevention measures:

– Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, coughing, and sneezing.
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, as this is a likely route of infection.
– Periodically clean and disinfect surfaces, such as door handles and children’s toys.
– Avoid contact with infected people.
– Avoid sharing personal items, including cutlery and dishes.
– Isolate the cases identified in the home from the date of onset of symptoms until their recovery (7 to 10 days).

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