Hand, foot, and mouth disease, or HFMD, is a contagious illness caused by different viruses, most commonly the Coxsackie virus. Infants and children younger than 5 years are more likely to get this disease. However, older children and adults can also get it.
HFMD is endemic in Singapore and became legally notifiable in Oct 2000, i.e. medical practitioners, childcare centres, kindergartens with HFMD outbreaks must notify the Ministry of Health.