Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease: Updates

Ministry of Health

Updates on HFMD Situation in Singapore (11 May 2012)

The following is a list of names of childcare centres and kindergartens with more than 10 HFMD cases or an attack rate* greater than 13%, and a transmission period of more than 16 days (prolonged transmission). This is to help parents be more aware of whether the centre their child is attending has prolonged HFMD transmission, and keep vigilance in watching out for HFMD symptoms in their child.

Childcare Centres and Kindergartens with active clusters of prolonged transmission

Last updated 11 May 2012**

Name Address
Childcare Centres
HANIS MONTESSORI  KINDERGARTEN (Kaki Bukit) Blk 1  #01 -10 Enterprise One Kaki Bukit Road 1  S(415934)

(Transmission period > 16 days with number of cases > 10) OR (Transmission period > 16 days with attack rate* > 13%)

To break the chain of transmission, childcare centres and kindergartens with more than 16 HFMD cases or an attack rate greater than 23%, and a transmission period of more than 24 days will be mandatorily closed for 10 days.

Childcare Centres and Kindergartens that require mandatory closure

Name Address Period of Closure
Childcare Centres
THE ASCENSION KINDERGARTEN Blk 11 Francis Thomas Drive  S(359338) 10 May 12 – 19 May 12

(Transmission period > 24 days with number of cases > 16 ) OR  ( Transmission period > 24 days with attack rate* > 23%)

* Attack rate is calculated based on the number of HFMD cases divided by the total enrolment of the childcare centre/kindergarten

The Ministry would like to stress the importance of maintaining high standards of personal and environmental hygiene to minimise the risk of HFMD. Parents should ensure that their children adopt the following good practices:

  • Wash hands with soap before eating and after going to the toilet;
  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and throw the tissue away into a bin immediately;
  • Do not share eating utensils.

Parents should also ensure that toys or appliances that are contaminated by nasal or oral secretions should be cleaned before they are used again. Parents should consult a doctor early if their child has fever, mouth ulcers and rashes on the palms, soles or buttocks. Children with HFMD should remain at home until all the blisters have dried up. During this period, contact with other children should be avoided until the child recovers. The child should not be brought to any public or crowded places. Proper hygiene should also be practised at home so as to prevent transmission to other family members.

For more information on HFMD, please see the FAQs on MOH website at http://www.pqms.moh.gov.sg/apps/fcd_faqmain.aspx, or the Infection Control Guidelines for Schools and Childcare Centres. MOH also publishes a weekly bulletin on the local infectious disease situation here. ** Info will be updated every Wednesday and Friday