Precautionary measures for HFMD prevention
THE increasing number of both influenza cases in a number of Western countries and the spread of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) within a few neighbouring countries have prompted the Ministry of Health to remind the public to take on a number of precautionary measures to ensure that the spread of such diseases is kept to a minimum.
A statement issued by the ministry stated that though such phenomenons are occurring not far from Brunei’s borders, cases of reported HFMD since the beginning of the year are still low and the number of flu cases is at levels that are still under control.
Among what has been advised, said the ministry, is to ensure that hygiene is properly monitored; maintaining the cleanliness of one’s environment; acquiring yearly flu shots to avoid from being infected especially for those above the age of 65 and those with chronic diseases; keeping children with HFMD from going to school to prevent its spread to other children and so on.
It was explained that influenza, or known as the flu, is defined as a respiratory infection that is easily transmitted, affecting the nose, throat and lungs with symptoms that include fever over 38 degrees Celsius and muscle pain with the potential to affect different demographics.
Elaborating that, in general, the flu is considered being a mild form of disease but in certain individuals, the flu can manifest into something much more serious especially in those that are considered as high-risk patients such as, but not limited to, the elderly and those with chronic ailments including those with diabetes and those living with heart, kidney and lung problems.
The latter disease, meanwhile, mostly targets young children and symptoms include fevers, loss of appetite, rashes and sore throats along with frequent mouth sores involving the tongue, gums and the inside of the cheeks.
The cause of HFMD, it was further added, originates from different viruses that can spread from one person to another through human contact or through the touching of surfaces that are present with the virus.
It was assured that the Ministry of Health will continue to monitor such cases and will keep the public informed. Further information can be obtained through the healthline at 145 or by visiting the ministry’s website at www.moh.gov.bn.