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(File pix) A class at Sekolah Rendah Taman Tun Dr Ismail 2, Kuala Lumpur was ordered to close after four of its pupils were infected with the hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD). Archive image for illustration purposes only. Pix by Nazirul Roselan

KUALA LUMPUR: A class at Sekolah Rendah Taman Tun Dr Ismail 2 here was ordered to close after four of its pupils were infected with the hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD).

Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory Education Department official in confirming this yesterday said that the four HFMD cases reported involved Year Three boys in the school.

The rest of the 36 pupils in the class have been told to take a break for 10 days.

"According to the notice issued by the Kepong District Health Department, only the classroom involved was closed from Tuesday.

"The notice of closure, was to allow cleaning and disinfecting works to be carried out besides ensuring that other students are not infected,” he said.

Meanwhile, a Bernama check at the school found that school activities were taking place as usual with the school management also confirming that all the pupils from the class were on holiday, starting yesterday.

On Tuesday, Health Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there was an increase of HFMD cases with 35,886 cases reported nationwide from Jan 1 until July 23.

According to him, on July 23 (Monday) 564 HFMD cases were reported nationwide. -- Bernama

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