MOH confirms outbreaks of fever and rash illnesses affecting children ages 0 to 4


The Ministry of Health confirmed outbreaks of fever and rash illnesses affecting children ages 0 to 4. 

This is aside from the influenza flu and Covid-19. currently spreading in the Country. According to the statement, the syndromic surveillance of the hospital visits in the past month has recorded an increasing number of children ages 0 to 4 with acute fever and rash. 

“These symptoms are consistent with diseases including chicken pox and hand-foot-mouth disease the Ministry of Health is continuing to investigate these cases.” 

The statement says these diseases are caused by viruses and chicken pox they are very contagious and spread easily among children and babies it is common in children under 5 years old but anyone can get it. 

“The virus can spread to others through person-to-person contact with respiratory droplets when a person coughs all sneezes, contact with open source or skin of an infected person’s rash or contact with faeces of an infected person. “The symptoms of chickenpox are fever rash a blistering that covers the whole body that will last five to 10 days headaches muscle aches loss of appetite pneumonia may result as a complication of prolonged cases general body weakness people with chickenpox can spread the disease to others from 2 days before the rash appears until all sources are crusted and dried up.” 

For the head-foot-and-mouth disease children often get a fever and other flu-like symptoms 3 to 5 days after they catch the virus. 

“People with hand foot and mouth disease are you surely contagious during the first week, that they are sick.” 

The virus can spread to others for days or weeks after symptoms go away, even if they have no symptoms at all. 

The Ministry of Health encourages the public to take key prevention measures to control the transmission practice proper hygiene, especially in public areas wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser disinfect contaminated surfaces avoid touching eyes nose and mouth before washing your hands avoid close contact with sick people and avoid large gatherings.