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Hand Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD)

Posted: October 13, 2017

The Centre for Health Protection has reported an increase in Hand, Foot and Mouth (HFMD) activity in Hong Kong and have urged vigilance. HFMD is caused by viruses that belong to the Enterovirus group and is a common childhood disease.

Students should remain at home if they develop rash, fever, and/or blisters in the mouth and seek medical advice. If a student is diagnosed with HFMD, please notify the school nurse and the student should stay home until the fever has subsided and all vesicles have dried and crusted.

HFMD is spread through contact and there is no vaccine to protect against the viruses therefore it is important that we encourage our students to maintain good hygiene practices.

Students can lower their risk of being infected by:

  • Washing hands often with soap and water, especially after using the toilet
  • Avoiding close contact such as kissing, hugging, or sharing eating utensils or water bottles
  • Covering their mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing

If you require any further information or advice please contact the Discovery College Health Professional at 3969 1000 or visit