53 cases of hand, foot and mouth disease reported from Grand Turk

The Ministry of Health and Education (MOHE) wishes to inform the public that the first cases of Hand Foot and Mouth disease (HFMD) have been reported in Grand Turk. This brings the total number of reported cases of HFMD in the TCI to fifty-three (53) cases.
To date, all cases were reported in children under the age of 8 years, the majority of whom (49 cases) resided in Providenciales and have completely recovered from the illness.
HFMD is a contagious disease that primarily affects children. It is transmitted by direct contact with nasal secretions (droplets produced by coughing or sneezing), saliva and stool of infected individuals. HFMD is commonest in child care settings due to frequent contact with soiled diapers and children putting their hands in their mouths.