Six children affected with hand-foot-mouth disease in Mongolia 2009-04-09 13:23:07

ULAN BATOR, April 9 (Xinhua) -- Six Mongolian children were infected with hand-foot-mouth disease (HFMD) in the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator, health officials said on Thursday.

The six children are kept in isolation wards in local hospital and measures have been taken to prevent the HFMD from further spreading, according to the Mongolian General Authority for Emergency Management.

Earlier this month, another six children were found infected with HFMD in the central Ovorhangai province. The condition of these patients is now under control.

In 2008, nearly 2,000 HFMD cases were found in Mongolia.
The HFMD usually starts with a slight fever followed by blisters and ulcers in the mouth and rashes on the hands and feet. It can also lead to meningitis, encephalitis, pulmonary edema and paralysis in some children. There is no vaccine against the disease so far.