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Although there have been no reports of
suspected or confirmed cases of Foot-hand-
and-mouth Disease here in Tobago, officials
are prepared and on the look out for the
dreaded disease, according to Tobago House
of Assembly Secretary for Health and Social
Services Claudia Groome-Duke.
She said the division had taken the proactive
approach due to reports of recent outbreaks in
the Cayman Islands and Jamaica.
She said, however, that thus far there had
been no incidents on the island.
"We have been informed by the Office of the
CMOH that we have no such incidents in Toba-
go. None the less we are treating the situation
by remaining in a state of preparedness at our
public institutions," Duke said.
She said the division has undertaken a multi-
directional public awareness and education cam-
paign to enlighten the public.
Noting that the disease could spread easily
in the Tobago community, Duke said, "It is
about prevention, how you manage your hygiene
and you know that we have a culture where we
hug and kiss and so on and we need people to
understand what it means to be on the look out
in terms of our hygiene, in terms of washing
our hands, in terms of ensuring that you walk
around with hand sanitizers and so on, so that
your contact with other people and ensuring
that when you wash your hands you do so with
liquid soap instead of the soap itself because its
easy to pass on infection this way.
Foot-hand-and-mouth Disease Fact Sheet
What is Foot-hand-and-mouth Disease?
It is an illness that causes sores in or on the
mouth and on the hands, feet, and sometimes
the buttocks and legs. The sores may be painful.
The illness usually doesn't last more than a
week or so. The disease is common in children
but can also occur in adults.
What causes Foot-hand-and-mouth Dis-
The disease is caused by the enterovirus,
which spreads easily through coughing and
sneezing. It can also spread through infected
stool, such as when you change a diaper or
when a young child gets stool on his or her
hands and then touches objects that other chil-
dren put in their mouths. Often the disease
breaks out within a community.
It usually takes 3 to 6 days for a person to
get symptoms of hand-foot-and-mouth disease
after being exposed to the virus. This is called
the incubation period.
What are the symptoms?
At first your child may feel tired, get a sore
throat, or have a fever of around 101°F (38°C)
to 103°F (39°C). Then in a day or two, sores or
blisters may appear in or on the mouth and on
the hands, feet, and sometimes the buttocks.
In some cases a skin rash may appear before
the blisters do. The blisters may break open and
The sores and blisters usually go away in a
week or so.
In some cases there are no symptoms, or they
are very mild. Parents may get the disease from
their children and not even realize it.
How is it treated?
The disease usually doesn't need treatment.
You can use home care to help relieve your
Offer your child plenty of cool fluids to help
with sore throat. Cold foods such as flavored
ice pops and ice cream also may help.
For pain and fever, give your child acetamin-
ophen (such as Tylenol) or ibuprofen (such as
Advil). Do not give your child aspirin.
Children are most likely to spread the disease
during the first week of the illness. But the virus
can stay in the stool for several months and
may spread to others.
To help prevent the disease from spreading:
Wash your hands frequently. It is especially
important to wash your hands after you touch
a blister or change the diaper of an infected
Teach all family members to wash their hands
often. It is
especially important to wash your hands after
you change the diaper of an infected child. Don't
let your child share toys or give kisses while he
or she is infected. (Source www.webmd.com)
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If we eat the right stuff and
stay away from smoking and
drinking that would reduce
the risk of getting cancer. We
should stay away from the
meat also, as we don't know if
what we buy is tested and
therefore the meat could be
Stop eating meat like red
meat, sausages, processed
meat. I stopped eating meat a
month now. Stay away from
meat and exercise lots too.
It's not what you can do! This
is God's world. This is nature,
you live right, you live clean
and do the right things to the
almighty father and He makes
all the decisions. Just give
thanks and praise and believe
in God and everything will be
fine. There is nothing that the
human being can do other
than praise the almighty fa-
ther and ask for health and
strength and blessings.
You can modify your diet by
eating less red meat as well
as eat lots of fruits and veg-
etables not forgetting the
dark green leafy, such as
spinaches, patchoi and baghi.
For females, regular check-
ups to get pap smears and
breast examinations and for
the men they can get their
prostrate checked too.
Stay away from the artificial
foods and drink lots of bush
tea like black sage, Christmas
Tree bush, soursop bush, or-
ange peel, lime bud, which
would help to reduce the risk
Healthy living, exercise regu-
larly and eat the correct diet
with a lot of fibre in it would
help in reducing cancer.
Bagatelle No 3
Eat healthy, exercise and take
care of yourself with regular vis-
its to the doctor for check-ups.
Live life in an enjoyable way.
What we do with our bodies and
what we intake is very important.
How we use things like the
amount we use is very important
and essential to our bodies. We
must not over eat and become
obese or use foods laden with
chemicals that can be absorbed
by our bodies and become sickly.
Eat healthy and stay away
from processed meat.
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