Hand, foot and mouth disease warnings in Thailand

Health authorities have warned parents of the likely spread of the virus that causes hand, foot and mouth disease during the coming rainy season. Outbreaks of this infection occur year round in Thailand, but increase during the rainy season. So far this year, there have been almost 14,000 cases reported from 77 provinces. However, no deaths have been reported so far. Most cases were found in Mae Hong Son and Phetchaburi.

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 their hands frequently and by maintaining careful personal hygiene.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease.

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