by Editor 21/04/2009 @ 03:08

JAKARTA – Director General of Disease Control and Penyehatan Environment (P2PL) Prof. MOH. dr. Tjandra Yoga Aditama, Sp.P, MARS, say, Singapore Flu is a disease that is not heavy. Also treated, according to him, only simtomatik and consume food that is protein and calories. “And, it can recover in 7-10 days,” the light.

He explains, in the medical world does not have the term “Singapore Flu.” “This is a disease and Hand Footwashing mouth (PTKM) or Hand Foot Mouth Disease (HFMD) caused by a virus,” he explained.

This disease, he said, often found in children and infants and is not a new disease. Inkubasinya period of 3-7 days. PTKM spread through direct contact nose and throat fluids, saliva, fluid from the patient’s feces or Blister. The period of transmission is in the first week of illness.

Tjandra mengimbau community dihimbau to be vigilant. “There is no specific prevention for PTKM, the risk of contracting can be derived with the pattern of Clean and Healthy Lifestyle,” said Tjandra Yoga releases via electronic mail received Republika, Tuesday (21 / 4).

Society, said Tjandra, can make prevention efforts and improve the cleanliness of the individual, such as washing hands with soap, close the mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.

In addition, do not use the shared equipment such as household cups, spoons, forks and personal hygiene equipment, namely towel, face towel, toothbrush and clothes, especially shoes and socks.


Prof. Tjandra added that the disease has PTKM signs such as fever, redness and pelepuhan in the feet, hands and skin in the mouth cavity, no appetite, lethargic and sore throat.

“One-two days after the fever, pain complaints arising in the mouth from start to blister and can become slimy. Situation can occur in the tongue, gum and other parts in the mouth, “he added.

He menngingatkan, if found signs of a dangerous object, such as symptoms of neurologi, repeated vomiting, shortness of breath, and halusinasi, patients should be referred immediately to the nearest hospital. “In general, if the child a fever for 2-3 days should also consulted to the nearest health care,” said Tjandra.

Head of Public Communication Center Dr MOH. Lily S. Sulistyowati, explains, it is generally PTKM enterovirus (EV), including coxsackievirus A16, echovirus and EV 71. “However, very rarely PTKM caused by EV 71,” he added.

Meanwhile, he is linked, PTKM caused by EV71 can also cause meningitis and encephalitis and even, as happened in Malaysia in 1997, Taiwan in 1998 and China in 2008. -c89/republika

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