Hand, Foot, Mouth Disease (HFMD)

Hand Foot Mouth Disease

HFMD is a viral infection caused by a group of viruses. Typically begins with a fever and feeling generally unwell. Then after a day or two, flat discoloured spots or bumps surface and may blister, on the hands, feet, and mouth, usually. HFMD is contagious and can transmit to another person with close physical contact or through the air.

HFMD

HFMD hit Singapore back in 2000, Ministry of Health stepped in to notify the public on the virus. The infection could damage the brain, lungs or heart although serious complications are rare. Symptoms of HFMD include fever, ulcers in the mouth and on the tongue, blisters on the hands, feet and buttocks, poor appetite and lethargy.

In the first half of 2016, there were 18,241 infections of HFMD which was second highest in history. The outbreak is mainly due to parents who send their sick children to childcare centres and refusing to bring them home.

Preventing HFMD

According there is no announced and proven vaccine to protect against the viruses that cause hand, foot, and mouth disease. Also, there are no specific treatment available. The risk of being affected can be reduced by:

  • Wash hands with soap before eating and after going to the toilet
  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and throw the tissue away into a bin immediately;
  • Do not share food/drinks, eating utensils, toothbrushes or towels with others.

How can Purlife help?

To prevent HFMD from spreading through air, an air purifier can help to provide air ventilation. It also significantly reduces the chances of spreading the viruses through air as the air in the area has been purified. We have worked with several childcare centres and cases of HFMD has been isolated in rooms with the airclear 50.

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