Hand, foot and mouth disease in Malaysia

Almost 8,500 cases of hand, foot and mouth disease have been reported in Sarawak, and 368 of these have been hospitalized. Nationwide, 13,497 cases were reported or an average of almost 1,000 cases a week. After Sarawak, the most affected regions include Selangor, Johor, Kuala Lumpur, Perak and Sabah.

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Advice For Travellers

Small children less than ten years old 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 their hands frequently and by maintaining careful personal hygiene.