Don’t touch anything, Hong Kongers. Over 4,200 cases of the viral hand, foot and mouth disease have been reported in the city so far this year, more than the total number of cases of the two previous years combined, according to SCMP.
Doctors are also seeing more and more adult cases of the infection, which usually affects children:
Academy of Medicine president Dr Donald Li Kwok-tung said the large number of outbreaks might be related to humid weather and a low overall immunity in the population.
“In the past, we hardly ever saw cases in adults, but recently we have been seeing more,” said the family medicine specialist. “It may be due to a generally lower resistance against infections in the population, especially when people are tired and stressed.”
Chinese University pediatrics professor Ellis Hon Kam-lun says that the virus is mainly being transmitted through the touching of infected people’s saliva or feces. So stop doing that.
The usual peak season for the disease falls from May to July, however, this year, the number of cases climbed in May, fell in July and rose again in September.
Eh, this season’s hand, foot and mouth virus is still better than last season’s deadly bird flu virus.