Epidemic denial

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REGIONAL health authorities came out on Tuesday to deny an outbreak of handfoot-and-mouth disease in the Marina Baixa area.
In a public notice by the district health department, the authorities refuted scaremongering reports that had appeared in local media claiming an epidemic had broken out in Benidorm and Altea.
Medical experts admitted a small outbreak of the disease – which mainly affects two to 10-year-olds – affected seven children in an infants school in Altea a month ago. But all the children have since been treated and have recovered.

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