Hand, Foot And Mouth Outbreak In Grenada

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, Nov 06 2016 – Grenada’s Health Ministry has reported an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease at some daycare and pre-school centers across the island.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. George Mitchell said the ministry has received reports of 12 cases and is going forward with public education and direct intervention will be the main focus.

The health minister said in a release that several, education and information brochures relating to the disease are being distributed in electronic and print format to the various institutions.

Medical practitioners have also been reminded that the disease is endemic in Grenada and they need to notify the ministry once a case is diagnosed.

Records at the Ministry of Health indicate that during the same period last year there were similar outbreaks of the disease among toddlers.

The release said while a decision has not been made to close the schools, health authorities are reminding parents and operators of daycare centers and kindergartens that frequent hand-washing is still the best way of managing the disease.

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