(CNS): Nineteen students at West End Primary School on Cayman Brac were diagnosed as having hand, foot and mouth disease on Tuesday and the school will be closed for the rest of the week, according to the Department of Education Services, who said that there will now be a thorough sanitization of the school. Parents are being asked to seek medical attention if their children show any symptoms of this very infectious disease and to keep them home until they recover to minimize spreading the disease to other students.
The DES said that at this time there are no known cases at the other primary school on the island, the Creek and Spot Bay School, but has not commented on the government-run day care centre or the high school.
According to a release by the DES Wednesday, the Public Health Department was called in to assist with the outbreak and has advised that the school should be completely sanitized. To facilitate this process, West End Primary School was closed today, Wednesday 30 September, and will remain closed for the rest of the week, re-opening on Monday 5 October.
Hand, foot and mouth occurs most commonly in children less than 10 years old and most often in summer and fall months.