Home / Environment / News Tools: Save | Print | E-mail | Most Read | Comment
HFMD outbreak peaks in May
Adjust font size:

China reported more than 176,000 cases of hand-foot-mouth disease (HFMD) last month, but the outbreak peaked on May 14, Ministry of Health spokesman Mao Qun'an told reporters Tuesday.

Daily reported cases declined from 11,501 at the peak to 3,922 on June 5, Mao said.

Central Anhui Province, which first reported the outbreak of HFMD, had 10,700 cases in May including four deaths, according to Mao.

The worst-hit provinces and regions were Guangdong, Zhejiang, Hebei, Shandong and Hunan, he said.

The disease was also found in regions hit by the devastating May 12 earthquake but, earlier this month, Mao told the press that it had been brought under control.

"The Ministry of Health required that HFMD cases must be reported since May 2 this year," said Mao, "Any HFMD case in the quake-hit areas will be reported immediately through our reporting system."

Nurseries in Fuyang City, Anhui, the worst-hit city, resumed classes on Children's Day (June 1) as health authorities considered the situation was under control.

Between late March and the end of April, the city reported about 22 death cases of HFMD but, in May alone, it reported 4,444 cases, including one death.

HFMD can be caused by a host of intestinal viruses, but EV71 and the Coxsackievirus are the most common.

HFMD usually starts with a slight fever followed by blisters and ulcers in the mouth and rashes on the hands and feet. Those with EV71 often show serious symptoms. It can also lead to meningitis, encephalitis, pulmonary edema and paralysis in some children. There is no vaccine.

(Xinhua News Agency June 11, 2008)

Tools: Save | Print | E-mail | Most Read
Pet Name

China Archives
Related >>
- 344 enterovirus cases reported in Macao
- HFMD cases in Singapore down slightly last week
- Hand-foot-mouth disease under control in China's quake zone
- 3 more enterovirus cases reported in Macao
- Number of Macao's enterovirus cases reaches 241
Most Viewed >>
- Giant pandas in Gansu: living or dead?
- Quake-formed lake water level still rising
- Quake damage to the Wolong Nature Reserve
- No relaxation in quake zone epidemic prevention
- 5.2 magnitude earthquake jolts north China
Air Quality 
Cities Major Pollutant Air Quality Level
Beijing particulate matter II
Shanghai particulate matter I
Guangzhou particulate matter I
Chongqing particulate matter II
Xi'an particulate matter II
NGO Events Calendar Tips
- Hand in hand to protect endangered animals and plants
- Changchun, Mini-marathon Aimed at Protecting Siberian Tiger
- Water Walk by Nature University
- Green Earth Documentary Salon
- Prof. Maria E. Fernandez to Give a Lecture on Climate Change
UN meets on climate change
The UN Climate Change Conference brought together representatives of over 180 countries and observers from various organizations.
Panda Facts
A record 28 panda cubs born via artificial insemination have survived in 2006.
South China Karst
Rich and unique karst landforms located in south China display exceptional natural beauty.
Saving the Tibetan Antelopes
The rare animals survive in the harsh natural environment of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.
Laws & Regulations
- Forestry Law of the People's Republic of China
- Meteorology Law of the People's Republic of China
- Fire Control Law of the People's Republic of China
- Law on Protecting Against and Mitigating Earthquake Disasters
- Law of the People's Republic of China on Conserving Energy
State Environmental Protection Administration
Ministry of Water Resources
Ministry of Land and Resources
China Environmental Industry Network
Chengdu Giant Panda Research Base