The Department of Disease Control has confirmed no mutations of the hand, foot and mouth virus that has been found in Thailand while calling on the public to not panic.
Director-General of the Department of Disease Control MD Pornthep Siriwanarangsan said on Wednesday that the hand, foot and mouth virus detected in Thailand is not a mutated strain. The virus that is now spreading in the country is not new and also not fatal, he said.
The director-general elaborated that it is not easy for hand, foot and mouth virus to mutate, adding that most people in Southeast Asia have natural immunity to the disease since it has been in the region for 40-50 years.
According to MD Pornthep, in severe cases, the patients’ fever can reach 39 degrees Celsius for three consecutive days with a feeling of fatigue. He suggested them to see the doctor immediately as it is possible that the virus might spread to the brain.
The government has set up a special task force to monitor the hand, foot and mouth disease in Thailand and to make sure that the schools with infections follow the Public Health Ministry’s instructions. The schools must be closed temporarily if more than five cases of hand, foot and mouth disease are detected.