Friday, July 20, 2012

Boy found positive for Enterovirus 71 in Philippines (Same Disease which killed over 64 Children in Cambodia)

MANILA (2nd Update, 2:18 p.m.) -- A one-year-old boy from Davao City has been found positive for the Enterovirus 71 (EV-71), the mysterious illness that killed dozens of children in Cambodia.

Health Secretary Enrique Ona said the screening and confirmatory tests done at the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM) revealed that of the eight suspected Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) patients, one was tested positive of the virus similar to the ones in Cambodia.

Ona clarified, however, that the boy has no history of travel outside the country.

"The virus is similar to Cambodia but this case is the mild one," Ona told reporters in a press conference Friday.

EV-71 causes diarrhea; rashes; and hand, foot and mouth disease; and is sometimes associated with severe central neurological disease. The virus, which was earlier tagged as a "mystery disease" in Cambodia, caused the deaths of 52 children there.

Based on the details of the case, the official said the boy had developed fever and rashes on his hands, soles of feet, mouth and buttocks last July 6.

He was brought for consultation at a local health facility but was subsequently sent home and has since recovered very well, Ona said. Read More