Ministry of Health Monitors Outbreak in the Region

Friday, October 2, 2015 11:07 AM - George's, Grenada
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ST. GEORGE'S, GRENADA, OCTOBER 1, 2015, GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICE (GIS): The Ministry of Health is closely monitoring reported outbreaks of Hand, Foot and Mouth diseases in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. George Mitchell confirmed with the (GIS) on Thursday, that health officials here were notified and are keeping a close eye on the situation in both countries.

Mitchell said while the reported cases have been confined to Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, the Ministry wants the Grenadian public to be aware of the outbreak, in order to take appropriate measures that will contain the disease, should it enter Grenada.

According to the Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), hand, foot, and mouth disease is a common viral illness that usually affects infants and children younger than 5 years old.

It is usually spread through droplets of saliva. It usually starts with a fever, reduced appetite, sore throat, which is accompanied by small sometimes painful vesicles in the mouth, hands and soles of the feet as well as a feeling of being unwell (malaise). It can sometimes occur in adults.

However, while the Jamaica Medical Doctors Association (JMDA) says a shortage of water in their country could be a factor in the spread of the disease, Dr. Mitchell says Grenada will continue to monitor the reports through official channels including the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).

Meanwhile the Grenadian Health Ministry advises that parents should keep their children at home and consult with their doctor if they develop symptoms that are suspicious of the condition.




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