Ministry of Health Investigates Reports of Suspected Cases of H.F.M.
ST. GEORGE'S, GRENADA, OCTOBER 27, 2015, GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICE (GIS): - The Ministry of Health is investigating spontaneous outbreaks of (rash and blistering lesions mainly on the hands, feet and mouth) accompanied by mild fever and sore throat.
Officials conclude that the likely diagnosis is that of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD).
The Ministry notes that during the same period last year (October 20-31, 2015) there were similar outbreaks of HFMD among toddlers which warranted prompt intervention by local Health officials.
Already, health surveillance and public health teams are gathering information and at the same time responding to reports of mild outbreaks among children at daycare and pre and primary schools in some parts of the island.
However, while no decision is being made to close any facility, Health authorities are reminding parents and operators of daycares and kindergartens; that frequent hand-washing and cough etiquette is still the number one and best way of managing the disease.
Chief Medical Officer, Dr. George Mitchell today Thursday, October 27, 2016, said there are just about a dozen reported cases, and that public education as well as direct interventions at the schools, will be main focus going forward.
Mitchell confirmed that health officials have been in touch with the early childhood development centres and schools where reports emanated. Several education/ information brochures relating to the disease are being distributed in electronic and print format to the various institutions.
Meanwhile the MOH is reminding all concerned that (HFMD) is endemic in Grenada and is a legally notifiable, i.e. medical practitioners, childcare centres, kindergartens and schools with (HFMD) outbreaks MUST notify the Ministry of Health.