Hand, foot and mouth disease killed 17 people and infected nearly 35,000 others in China's central Hunan province in June, according to the official Xinhua news agency, quoting information supplied by local authorities on Sunday.
Officials at the provincial Centre for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) blamed high temperatures for the surge in the
disease incidence rate compared with June last year. It did not disclose
how many cases were recorded in June 2011.
The provincial CDC said parents and teachers should
send children to hospital if they show symptoms of the disease, such as
mouth sores, skin rashes or fever.
Hunan provincial health department data showed that the
disease killed 19 children in the province in April, the Xinhua report
Hand, foot and mouth disease is a viral illness that
usually affects infants and children younger than five years old.