Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease: Updates

Updates on HFMD Situation in Singapore 

The following are childcare centres and kindergartens with more than 10 HFMD cases or an attack rate* greater than 13%, and a transmission period of more than 16 days (prolonged transmission). This list is to help parents be more aware of whether the childcare centre/kindergarten their child is attending has prolonged HFMD transmission, which will then help them to observe for HFMD symptoms in their child.

Childcare Centres and Kindergartens with active clusters of prolonged transmission


Last updated on 17 Oct 2014**

Name Address
Carpe Diem Kidz Pte Ltd @ Arena Blk 511  #02 -04 Arena Country Club  Upper Jurong Road  S(638366) 
Kindergartens
NIL NIL

(Transmission period > 16 days with number of cases > 10) OR (Transmission period > 16 days with attack rate* > 13%)

 

Closure of Childcare Centres and Kindergartens with active HFMD clusters of prolonged transmission

 

The following are childcare centres and kindergartens who have been assessed and are required to close for a period of 10 days to break the chain of HFMD transmission. Parents will be informed through their childcare centres and kindergartens on the confirmation of closures.


Last updated on 17 Oct 2014**

Name Address Period of Closure
Childcare Centres
NIL

NIL

NIL
Kindergartens
NIL

NIL

NIL

Childcare centres and kindergartens will be assessed for closure when they hit the following triggers:

(Transmission period > 24 days with number of cases > 16 ) OR  ( Transmission period > 24 days with attack rate* > 23%)

Additional information such as inspection findings, enrolment size and layout of centre will be taken into consideration to determine whether the childcare centre or kindergarten is required to close.

* Attack rate is calculated based on the number of HFMD cases divided by the total enrolment of the childcare centre/kindergarten

** Info will be updated every Wednesday and Friday 

Public advice

The Ministry would like to stress the importance of maintaining high standards of personal and environmental hygiene to minimise the risk of HFMD. Parents should ensure that their children adopt the following good hygiene practices:

  • Frequently wash hands with soap e.g. 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.

Parents should also ensure that articles such as toys or appliances that are contaminated by nasal or oral secretions are cleaned and disinfected before they are used again.

Parents should consult a doctor early if their child has fever, mouth ulcers and rashes on the palms, soles or buttocks. Children with HFMD should remain at home until all the blisters have dried up. During this period, contact with other children should be avoided until the child recovers. The child should not be brought to any public or crowded places. Proper hygiene should also be practised at home so as to prevent transmission to other family members.

For more information on HFMD, please see the FAQs on MOH website at http://www.pqms.moh.gov.sg/apps/fcd_faqmain.aspx, or the Infection Control Guidelines for Schools and Childcare Centres. MOH also publishes a weekly bulletin on the local infectious disease situation here.

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