BVI investigates eight suspected cases of Hand Foot and Mouth Disease

By Rumi Samuel Published on August 19, 2022
BVI investigates eight suspected cases of Hand Foot and Mouth Disease

A surveillance exercise is underway at early childhood centres on the British Virgin Islands after reports of eight suspected cases of Hand Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD).

Chief Environmental Health Officer Lionel Michael has called on the owners and teachers at early childhood centres as well as parents to keep a close eye on their children and to implement safety practices such as the frequent washing of hands, especially after changing children.

HFMD include a fever, sore throat, reduced appetite and feeling unwell. Within two days of the onset of symptoms, a rash and bumps may appear on the soles of the feet, palms of the hands and inside the mouth. A rash may also develop on the elbows, knees and buttocks. The bumps may blister but do not cause itching.

Hand Foot and Mouth Disease is spread from person to person through coughing, sneezing, and contact with infected faeces through the changing of diapers or touching surfaces or objects which have been contaminated with the virus.

The division is working with the Ministry of Education to train teachers about personal hygiene, child safety, infection control and food hygiene.

“The sessions intend to introduce and refresh teachers on the essential practices required to keep themselves and our children safe and healthy,” said Michael.

Rumi Samuel

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