DOH: 1-year old boy infected with Enterovirus-71

The Department of Health (DOH) confirmed Friday, July 20, 2012, the mild Enterovirus-71 (EV-71) infection in a one-year old boy.

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Health secretary Enrique Ona announced the results after screening and confirmatory tests on throat, stool or vesicular fluid collected from eight suspected Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease cases, reported to the DOH from July 10 to 14, were done.

The suspected HFMD cases included six patients from Region IV-A (CALABARZON) and two from Davao.

Secretary Ona confirmed that a one-year and seven-month old boy from Davao City tested positive for EV-71.

According to the DOH, the boy developed fever and rashes on his hands, soles of feet, mouth, and buttocks last July 6. He was already sent home and is recovering well.

The boy had no history of travel abroad, the DOH press release stated.

Although the EV-71 strain that infected the boy was not as deadly as the virus that killed at least 50 children in Cambodia, the health department urged the public to remain vigilant, keep the surroundings clean and maintain proper hygiene.

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