Concern over increases in hand, foot and mouth disease in Sarawak, Malaysia

To prevent a major outbreak, health authorities have activated measures to control the spread of hand, foot and mouth disease after the number of reported cases exceeded warning levels. A significant increase in reported cases was noted from June 26 to July 2, bringing the total for the year to 1,846 infected people.


Small children are most susceptible to infection with this virus. Travellers who are travelling with small children can decrease the risk of exposure to hand, foot and mouth disease virus by washing hands frequently and by maintaining careful personal hygiene.