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Precautionary measures taken to curb spread of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease at Day Care Centre

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By Staff Writer

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease has affected a few children 5 years and younger in St. Kitts and Nevis so notes a statement from the Ministry of Health. 

On Wednesday (Sept. 14), parents of children attending the Industrial Site Day Care were informed of a decision to close the daycare to facilitate the deep cleaning and sanitization of the school’s building, so as to curb the spread of the Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease among the student body.

The Industrial Site Day Care Centre will be closed for one week beginning Thursday, September 15 to Friday, September 23. 

In a written notice on Tuesday, September 13, parents of the Industrial Site Day Care Centre were officially advised that a few children displayed symptoms compatible with the Hand Foot and Mouth Disease

The letter reads, “please be informed that our observations of four preschool children have resulted in some concerning bumps on their skin. Currently, these children are at home. In conversation with the medical experts, there seems to be some evidence of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease. This is a contagious disease that spreads among young children. Therefore, to prevent any spread of this disease, we are craving your full cooperation in carefully observing your child or children for any irregular bumps on their skins.”

Parents were also advised to contact a physician if they observe any unusual signs or symptoms in their child or children. A meeting has also been scheduled for parents of the Day Care on Tuesday, September 20, where health officials will be engaging parents in a discussion on Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease.

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is a mild, viral infection that is highly contagious. It mainly affects children 7 years and younger but anyone can get it. 

Symptoms include sores in the mouth and a rash on the hands and feet, sore throat, fever, and painful blister-like lesions on the tongue, gums, and inside the cheeks. It can last for several days and weeks and can be transmitted through direct contact with an infected person. 

 

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