A class of 36 students in Sekolah Rendah Taman Tun Dr Ismail 2 was ordered to take a break for 10 days when four students were found infected with the hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD)
According to a report by Bernama on 25 July, the Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory Education Department official confirmed yesterday that the four HFMD cases reported involved Year Three boys in the school.
Kepong District Health Department notified that only the classroom affected was closed, so that it could be cleaned and disinfected. The other students will also be examined to ensure that that they are not infected.
About 35,886 HFMD cases nationwide have been reported since the beginning of this year
"469 premises have been closed, including 217 childcare centres, 223 kindergartens, several classes from 27 schools, and one school each in Penang and Pahang," Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah previously said, according to The Sun.
It was reported that one of the main causes for the spread of the contagious disease in Penang is due to supermarket trolleys and child ride equipment.
Although some adults can be infected, the viral disease is especially common among young children below five. Some of the symptoms includes, fever, rashes, blisters on palms and feet, and ulcers in the mouth.
Preventive measures are being taken such as, organising awareness campaigns, ensuring clean environments, and disinfecting areas after school and daycare sessions, said Dr Noor Hisham