Over one dozen of students in Srinagar infected with HFMD

Wajahat Shabir. Updated: 10/1/2022 12:30:14 PM Front Page

It is mild virus; people need to take care of isolation, hygiene, sanitization: DSHK Dr. Mushtaq

SRINAGAR: The Director of Health Services Kashmir (DHSK) Dr. Mushtaq Rather Friday said that the Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD), also known as Tomato flu, is a mild virus, and there is nothing to worry about.
Adding that, he said, "However, people have to care of isolation, hygiene and sanitization".
The statement from DHSK comes a day after reports emerged that around a dozen students from private schools in Srinagar had been infected with hand, foot, and mouth disease.
Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is a mild, contagious viral infection common in young children. Symptoms include sores in the mouth and a rash on the hands and feet. Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is most commonly caused by coxsackievirus.
In a video message, DHSK Dr. Mushtaq said there are fewer chances of Tomato flue spreading if we take care of hygiene, sanitization, and isolation. He added, "We have sent the team to various places and so far we have not found any cases."
Dr Mushtaq further said, "The flu is common among three to five years of age group and symptoms are fever, rash and distribution of rash on hand, feet and mouth." "The flu has a symptomatic treat; there is no need of giving any anti-biotic or any other medicine," Dr Mushtaq said.
Dr. Mushtaq further advised patients to take children for consultation, ask them not to share their things with others, and maintain hygiene and sanitization. Also, children should wash their hands correctly if rashes occur.
Meanwhile, an advisory has been issued by the District Surveillance Unit, IDSP, Srinagar, for HFMD/Tomato Flu (Hand Foot and Mouth Disease) Prevention.
The best prevention solution is maintaining proper hygiene and sanitization of the surrounding necessities and environment as well as preventing the infected child from sharing toys, clothes, food, or other items with other non-infected children, the advisory reads.
Following are some preventive measures we should keep in mind, "Avoid immediate contact with the infected person. Educate your child about the signs and symptoms and its side effects. Tell your child not to hug or touch children having fever or rash symptoms".
You should encourage your children about hygiene maintenance and stopping thumb or finger-sucking habits. Encourage the child to use a handkerchief in case of running nose or coughing to avoid the spread of the disease. Don't scratch or rub the blister and wash every time you touch these blisters, the advisories read.
Try to keep hydrated your child by motivating them to drink plenty of water, milk, or juice, whatever they prefer. If your child develops symptoms of tomato fever, immediately isolate them from other children to inhibit disease progression, it added.
"All utensils, clothes, and other utility items (e.g. bedding) should be separated and sanitized regularly. Always use warm water to clean skin or for bathing the child. Take a nutrition-rich, balanced diet to boost immunity. It is essential to get enough rest and sleep to promote healing as yet, no antiviral drugs or vaccines are available for the treatment or prevention of tomato flu treatments", it reads.

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