HFMD invades Iloilo towns

ILOILO CITY — The Iloilo Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit has recorded 224 suspected cases of hand, foot and mouth disease in 24 towns from 1 to 22 January 2023.

PESU data showed there were only two recorded cases of the disease in the province during the same period last year.

According to Provincial Health Office head Dr. Ma. Socorro Quiñon, children are the most commonly affected with 202 of the cases belonging to the one to 10 years age group, 13 cases below one-year-old, six are from 11-to 20-year age group, two are 31-40 years old, and one in the 41-50 years old group.

The Municipality of Pavia has the highest number of cases with 29 but is expected to increase with the detection of additional new cases; Barotac Viejo, 23; San Dionisio, 21; Bingawan, 20; Calinog, 16; Barotac Nuevo, 15; Lemery, 13; Leon, 12; Pototan, 10; nine each in Santa Barbara, Banate and Lambunao while the rest of the cases are spread in other municipalities.

Quiñon said HFMD is contagious, especially when there is contact with lesions, thus separate use of utensils, toys and other personal items has to be observed.

The disease can be prevented through observance of the minimum health protocol such as frequent handwashing or hand hygiene, avoiding close contact with those infected, use of face masks, and proper disposal of the waste generated by the infected person.


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