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The disease is generally mild, but can lead to death if complications occur.
Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease (HFMD) is present in Singapore all year round, and the seasonal outbreaks occurring in childcare centres, kindergartens and schools are generally mild. However, a certain type of the virus, EV71, can give rise to serious complications. These complications, usually involving the heart and nervous system (e.g. encephalitis), have been known to cause fatality. HFMD is an infectious disease that is notifiable by law since October 2000.
Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
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