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The Capiz Epidemiological Surveillance and Response Unit (CESRU) of the Provincial Health Office reports 60 cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) through Friday, according to Panay News.

Capiz, Philippines HFMD

Provincial Health Officer ll Ramon Lex T. Nolasco said that as a proactive response, continuous active case finding through field investigation is being conducted by the CESRU in coordination with the Department of Health and the Local Government Units (LGUs) to immediately trace HFMD cases, prevent its complications, and reduce transmission of infection through health awareness and health education campaigns.

Nolasco appealed to all Capiznons to inform their Barangay Health Care Workers or the Local Health Offices if their children experience symptoms of HFMD.

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HFMD is typically a benign and self-limiting disease. Most common in young children, it presents as fever, oral lesions and rash on the hands, feet and buttocks. The oral lesions consist of rapidly-ulcerating vesicles on the buccal mucosa, tongue, palate and gums. The rash consists of papulovesicular lesions on the palms, fingers and soles, which generally persist for seven to 10 days, and maculopapular lesions on the buttocks.

It is spread to others by close personal contact, coughing or sneezing or by contact with contaminated objects and surfaces. It can be difficult to eradicate in schools, group living communities and daycares. Although it is not serious for most people, the infection can cause significant pain while eating, walking and writing.

Hand, foot, and mouth disease is caused by viruses that belong to the Enterovirus genus (group). This group of viruses includes polioviruses, coxsackieviruses, echoviruses, and enteroviruses. Coxsackievirus is the most common cause of HFMD.

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