Emerging disease surveillance and response

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD)

Situation Updates (15 July 2014)

This surveillance summary includes countries where transmission of Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease occurs and there is regular periodic reporting of case numbers.

North Hemisphere

Countries in the temperate zone

China. The number of new HFMD cases reported per month may have peaked in May as there was a decrease in cases reported in June. The number of new cases reported per month remains higher than 2012 and 2013 level for the same period. The overall trend is similar to the seasonal trend experienced in 2012 and 2013.

Japan continues to experience a seasonal trend of HFMD similar to 2012. This is significantly lower than the 2013 level during the same period.

Countries in the tropical zone

Hong Kong (China) continues to experience a seasonal trend in HFMD cases similar to 2012. This is significantly lower than the 2013 level during the same period.

Macao (China) has seen a sharp decline in the weekly number of new HFMD cases reported since week 16, where the number of new cases reported per week peaked. The level of HFMD is now at a similar to 2012 and 2013 levels during the same period.

Singapore continues to experience a seasonal trend in HFMD cases similar to 2013. The number of new cases per week is slightly lower than that experienced in 2013 during the same period.

Mekong area

Viet Nam is experiencing a similar level of HFMD to 2013.

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