2 kids in Philippines infected with Enterovirus

Two Filipino kids have been infected by the notorious Enterovirus 71 (EV-71) despite the authorities’ strict monitoring of the ‘silent’ but deadly disease that killed almost 70 children in Cambodia.

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Health assistant secretary Eric Tayag, director of the National Epidemiology Center (NEC) of the Department of Health (DoH), confirmed the news Tuesday.

Tayag said seven specimens were brought to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, for a series of tests. Two specimens have been tested positive.

Tayag clarified, however, that the health department is still investigating whether or not the Enterovirus has the same strain as that of the virus in Cambodia.

He also said that no travel restrictions have been issued for passengers bound for Cambodia.

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