Health authorities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Tuesday confirmed reports of an increase in the number of cases of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) in the country, but did not disclose any figures.
Communication Officer in the Ministry of Health, Neeka Anderson-Isaacs, said in light of the development, the Ministry is advising residents, particularly school administrators and parents, to be cautious in how they deal with the cases to minimise a further outbreak.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says HFMD is a common infectious disease of infants and children. It is characterized by fever, painful sores in the mouth, and a rash with blisters on hands, feet and also buttocks.
Last week, Grenada’s Ministry of Health confirmed reports of an outbreak of HFMD disease at some daycare and preschool centers across the island.