Between April 24 to April 30, a total of 22,463 hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) cases were reported nationwide, with 96% of them involving children under the age of six.
Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, director-general of health, told reporters that the figures presented a 12.8-fold spike over the same duration last year, when there were below 2000 cases.
He claimed that HFMD had infected 96% or 21,508 children under the age of six, while 729 others, or 3%, were between the ages of seven and twelve.
According to him, adults aged 18 to 55 made up the remaining 1%.
“In Malaysia, 767 outbreaks were reported, with the three states with the highest numbers being Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya with 259, Selangor with 100, and Perak with 98.”
“The majority of the outbreaks occurred in…