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    Hand, foot and mouth patients hit 100,000
    August 6, 2013

    ... According to the ministry, reports from about 3,000 pediatrics institutions showed there were 105,936 HFMD cases as of July 21, with more than 25,000 new patients in the week to that date.

    The average number of patients with the disease per medical institution was 8.09, about 8.3 times last year’s figure.

    By prefecture, the number of patients per medical institution was the highest in Saitama at 18.69; followed by 13.71 in Tokyo; 12.64 in Oita; 12.55 in Yamaguchi; 12 in Yamanashi; 11.55 in Chiba, 11.42 in Hiroshima and 10.07 in Kanagawa.

    The Tokyo metropolitan government and the Kanagawa prefectural government have called on residents to be vigilant, after judging that the epidemic has reached a level that merits issuing a warning.

    According to an analysis by the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, about one-quarter of strains detected in the patients were a variety of EV71, which can cause serious symptoms...