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Shanghai has seen a 150% rise in cases of hand, food and mouth disease in the first five months of this year, Shanghai Daily has reported. Last Sunday, 14,920 cases of the virus were reported, 156.8% higher than the same time last year. Children have been the worst affected: 9,642 migrant children have been taken ill with the disease, and out of the ninety children deemed serious cases, 71 were migrant children. Over 90 percent of patients are below five years old, and children under three account for about 60 percent of all cases.
Health authorities said Shanghai has entered a peak season for the disease, requiring a sanitation campaign in crowded places such as schools, playgrounds and wet markets to stop the virus spreading. Parents have been urged to avoid bringing their children to such areas, and to take them to hospital if they develop skin rashes or fever.