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    City schools on alert as viral hand-foot-mouth disease soars
    Doctors say it is highly contagious but less severe than chicken pox
    Harun Md Shahed Bin Naim
    04 September, 2022, 11:00 am
    Last modified: 04 September, 2022, 11:23 am

    An increasing number of children aged 10 and below have begun showing signs of the highly contagious, but mild hand-foot-mouth disease, prompting some schools to issue health notices.

    A notice in an English-medium school obtained by The Business Standard reads, "Dear Parents/Guardians,

    "We have observed that some students come to school with allergies/rashes, which might be contagious to others. Therefore, we request that if you notice such symptoms in your child, please do not send him/her to school and inform the class teachers immediately."

    Doctors believe the infection is the hand-foot-and-mouth disease, a mild infection common in young children. Its symptoms include sores in the mouth and a rash on the hands, feet and body.

    Bangladesh Shishu Hospital Director Prof Dr Md Jahangir Alam said there has been an uptick in those affected by hand-foot-and-mouth disease caused by two viruses – Coxa B-16 and Echo-71.