JJ Lin contracted hand, foot and mouth disease in China while on tour

JJ Lin performing in July 2019 in Datong, China. (Photo: Getty Images/Visual China Group)

SINGAPORE— Singaporean Mandopop superstar JJ Lin is recovering after contracting hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) recently while he was performing in China.

The 38-year-old singer, whose full name is Lin Junjie, said at a concert in Chongqing on Saturday (2 November) that he was diagnosed with HFMD after he came down with a fever and visited a hospital.

According to Chinese newspaper Lianhe Wanbao, Lin said that he had more than 70 ulcers in his mouth. He reportedly told the audience at the concert, “I haven’t been feeling well these few days, so I might not be in peak condition. But I hope that even if I can’t speak, your screams and enthusiasm won’t stop.”

HFMD is caused by a family of viruses called enteroviruses and commonly affects children, but adults may contract it too. It usually lasts less than a week. In serious cases, infections in the brain, lungs or heart may occur. Symptoms include fever, ulcers in the throat and mouth, and rashes on the mouth, hands, feet or buttocks.

Lin reportedly felt unwell during a concert in Jiangsu on 26 October, after which he went to Zhenjiang First People’s Hospital.

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Last week, before Lin revealed that he had HFMD, media reports said that he was admitted to the Zhenjiang hospital for a cold. The hospital suspended 11 workers for trying to sell medical items online which they claimed had been used by the singer.

The workers had posted pictures of Lin's medical waste on social media, including used tubes, a paper cup, and an empty IV bag labelled with his surname. An intravenous drip is one of the treatments for HFMD to prevent dehydration.

Several nurses also filmed themselves lying down on Lin's empty hospital bed, reported local channel Litchi Network.

The hospital later apologised for infringing on Lin’s privacy and said all medical waste had been disposed of properly and no equipment was missing.

Lin's production company, JFJ Productions, said the singer was feeling better but asked fans to "respect his privacy", adding that it deeply regretted the leaking of his personal information by the workers.

Currently on his Sanctuary 2.0 World Tour, Lin will perform in Singapore at the National Stadium from 21 to 22 December.

In August this year, the five-star Movenpick hotel in Enshi city in Hubei, China apologised after putting Hong Kong singer Karen Mok’s dirty sheets up for sale after her stay there.