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Thailand acts to prevent deadly virus

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Reuters

PLEASE NOTE, THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL

Children gather in Thailand to learn about keeping clean.

The government has launched an initiative to inform parents and children of how to practice better hygiene.

It's a bid to prevent a wider spread of hand, foot and mouth disease - which has already proved deadly in neighbouring Cambodia.

Twenty-two schools in Bangkok temporarily shut for cleaning, four of which have remained closed.

Border checks have also been increased.

The Thai government insists the situation is under control.

SOUNDBITE (Thai) DR. PORNTEP SIRIWANARANGSUN SAYING:

"This disease outbreak in Thailand is a local disease. That means it comes every year, each year about 10,000 or 20,000 people are affected. This year, everyone is panicking because there have been deaths in Cambodia."

The Cambodia outbreak has raised concern in other parts of the region.

At least 55 children have died in Cambodia since April.

Sarah Charlton, Reuters.