Hand Foot and Mouth Disease Scare Delays Passengers at Denver International Airport

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Hand Foot and Mouth Disease Scare in Denver

Medical teams from Denver International Airport met a flight arriving from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on Saturday afternoon after a concern that a child on board Frontier Airlines Flight 64 may be suffering from a contagious disease. Flight 64 was arriving at approximately 4:45 from Puerto Vallarta carrying a passenger “with a potentially contagious disease”, according to Sally Covington, a Denver International Airport spokeswoman in a recorded statement.

Initial reports from Denver Health spokeswoman Betty Rueda indicated that the illness may be the disease, which may cause fever, blister like eruptions in the mouth or a skin rash. Lindsey Purves, an Airline spokeswoman for Frontier Airlines, said that the 127 passengers were asked to stay on board the airplane while paramedics determined the child’s condition. As it turns out, after they landed, they didn’t even extend the jet-way out of the plane till they were cleared. Another airport spokeswoman, Jenny Schiavone said that passengers were given the green light to leave the plane within roughly an hour. Passengers were also requested to provide their details to the Centers for Disease Control so that they can be monitored for any possible symptoms.

On the other side of the globe, in HCM City, Vietnam, Doctors from hospitals there say the number of children afflicted with this disease has increased since the beginning of this week, and Paediatric Hospital No2 has been examining nearly 60 children a day with this disease for the last few days. “The disease’s peak seasons typically are from March to May, and October to December, but has doubled this year over the same period last year”, stated Dr Nguyen Huu Khanh, head of the hospital’s Infectious Diseases Ward.

Doctors have warned people recently that the peak season for the disease is approaching, and teachers, especially in kindergartens and primary schools, should check their child’s hands and tongues for the appearance of rashes. The children’s toys, clothes and other tools should be cleaned thoroughly and regularly, Vinh said. When children were found to have high temperatures, they should be isolated in order to limit transmission of the hand foot and mouth disease and taken to the hospital immediately, he added.

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