(added on 2008/11/07)
Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) outbreak in Hong Kong 香港手足口病感染爆發
The virus EV71 is a common cause of HFMD. According to the Centre for Health Protection, the number of reported HFMD cases in Hong Kong in the first half of 2008 has exceeded the annual total in the past decade. Similar increases have also been reported in some parts of Mainland China and neighbouring regions. Using graduated symbols, the map shows the distribution of HFMD cases recorded in outbreaks during the period from 9 May to 19 June 2008. Occurring mostly in primary schools and nurseries, the outbreaks have affected predominantly children and infants. HFMD is different from an unrelated condition bearing a similar name, the Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), which is another contagious viral disease of cattle and swine.