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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Hong Kong : Vigilance urged against Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

A press release from Hong Kong's DOH :

" The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health has today (June 19) urged the public to stay vigilant against Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) during its current high season as a report of neurological complications due to enterovirus (EV) infection was received.

The patient was a nine-year-old boy with good past health who presented with hand, foot and mouth disease in late May.

On June 16, he developed headache followed by fever, lower limb weakness, limping gait and drowsiness in the next three days.

The boy attended the Accident and Emergency Department of Kwong Wah Hospital on June 19 and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. The clinical diagnosis was meningoencephalitis. He is now in critical condition.

Throat and rectal specimens from the boy were tested positive for enterovirus (EV) 71."

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