HFMD cases on the rise in Labuan

LABUAN, June 8 (Bernama) -- Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) cases have soared in the duty-free-island here, with 240 cases recorded in the first five and a half months of this year, compared to 270 cases throughout last year.

The new cases were in Tadika Ayu Gemilang with four cases reported on May 23. One kindergarten was ordered to be closed last month.

The cases started rising in early March (on the ninth week of 2018), with 17 cases recorded before shooting up to 21 in April (15th week) and down to 11 cases this week.

"We have witnessed an increase in  the trend in this communicable disease, and we believe the outbreak started from the beginning of the recent long public holiday," Labuan Health director Dr Ismuni Bohari told Bernama today.

Before this, Sabah Health director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi on June 6 had said up to 940 cases of HFMD had been recorded in the state as of the middle of last month - an increase of 27 per cent as compared to the same period last year.

She said the state capital registered the highest number of cases at 250, followed by Beaufort (148), Sandakan (111), Penampang (109), Tawau (63), Kuala Penyu (40), Tuaran (35) and Putatan (31).




Understanding Dementia Better

By Siti Radziah Hamzah

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Imagine how you would feel if you wake up one morning in the house you have lived with your family for about 30 years and you are not able to recognise your surroundings. You look at the mirror and ask yourself, “Who am I, where am I?”

This is one of many symptoms indicating that you may have dementia, a debilitating disease that takes away the ability to retain memory, think clearly, behave normally and perform everyday activities.

Dementia is an increasingly common disease affecting ageing populations in especially low- and middle-income countries where access to social protection, services, support and care is limited. 



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