Health Alert: Hand Foot & Mouth and Lice cases recorded among children

Providenciales, TCI, November 10, 2016 – Some health warnings now for children in particular as there are cases of lice and hand food and mouth disease confirmed by the Ministry of Health in the TCI.   An outbreak of lice at at least two Provo schools has prompted notice and when it comes to HFMD, there are cases in Provo mainly, Grand Turk and North Caicos also.

Surveillance and education are among the ways the ministry says it is coping with the children’s illnesses.  In the case of Hand Foot and Mouth Disease is spread by youngsters under 5 and passes on through coughing or sneezing, also from saliva, fluid from blisters and infected stool.

Child care institutions have to be most careful as this is where HFMD spreads most.  Symptoms are rashes, fever, headache, runny nose and sore throat.  Tylenol or Panadol can be used in medical treatment says the Ministry and care givers and parents must increase in fluids to avoid dehydration.  When it comes to lice; wash wash and more washing.  In both cases you should keep children at home until they are better.


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