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British Virgin Island: 2019 HFMD

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    Nearly 60 confirmed cases of Hand-foot-and-mouth disease in BVI; one rare adolescent case
    in All News / By: on November 1, 2019 at 8:00 AM /
    By Kamal Haynes, BVI News Staff

    Coming off the heels of news that more than 10 daycares are grappling with the Hand-foot-and-mouth disease, health officials have confirmed nearly 60 cases in the last five weeks.

    Speaking at the first community meeting about the disease at the Ebenezer Thomas Primary School on Thursday, October 31, National Epidemiologist Harmony Brewley said the local cases have been increasing rapidly and have not only affected children.

    “We had about three cases in the last week of September and it jumped from three to approximately 15 … So right now, we have about 55 healthy infants and children that came down with Hand-foot-and-mouth disease. And as of this week, we actually had an adolescent, with Hand-foot-and-mouth disease,” Brewley told residents.

    With one adolescent in territory contracting the disease, the concern — particularly among local health officials — have grown...