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Uthaithani Primary Educational Service Area (UPESA) Office 2 has ordered the temporary closure of a private school after young children were found to have come down with hand, foot and mouth disease.
According to UPESA 2 Director Sithichai Keeratikunakorn, three students in Nong Chang district became infected with hand, foot and mouth disease while they were at school. Later two other students from the same school also contracted the contagious disease but were recuperating at home at the time of the inspection.
The school will be closed next week to allow its staff to begin disinfecting classrooms and the playground. Classes will resume once the sanitization process is completed. Sick children will be monitored by the school and will be allowed to return only when they have fully recovered from the disease.
Health experts from Nong Chang Hospital and Nong Chang District Public Health Office will advise the school on how to spot and clean areas where the disease could be harbored. They are also expected to visit other schools in the province and provide the similar advice in an effort to contain the outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease.