High numbers of hand, foot and mouth disease reported in Shaanxi Province, China

Health officials have warned parents that there is a high number of cases of hand, foot and mouth disease this year. This childhood disease is caused by a variety of viruses, but the predominant virus in this province at this time is a strain called EV71 which is more dangerous than many other viruses that cause this illness.

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Advice For Travellers

There is a significant risk of exposure for children in common places such as day care centres, schools, playgrounds, etc, Small children are most susceptible. 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.

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