Hand, foot and mouth disease in Shanghai appears earlier than expected

Health authorities in Shanghai report that the number of cases of hand, foot and mouth disease are increasing rapidly in the city (actual numbers not reported). The infection is appearing earlier in the season than usual. 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 (HFMD) virus by frequent hand washing and maintaining careful personal hygiene.

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