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CHP investigates case of severe paediatric enterovirus infection
     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (August 16) investigating a case of severe paediatric enterovirus (EV) infection, and again urged the public and institutions to maintain strict hand, personal and environmental hygiene.
     The 2-year-old boy with good past health has presented with fever, cough, runny nose and shortness of breath since July 18. He was sent to Queen Mary Hospital for medical attention on the next day and was admitted. He developed limb weakness and respiratory failure on July 25 and was transferred to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit for further management on the same day.
     His respiratory and stool specimens tested positive for enterovirus upon laboratory testing. The clinical diagnosis was transverse myelitis. The patient is now in serious condition.

     Initial enquiries revealed that the patient had no travel history and his home contacts remain asymptomatic so far. Investigations are ongoing.
     A spokesman for the CHP said that as EV infection is transmitted by direct contact with nose and throat discharges, the public should be vigilant and observe the following preventive measures:
  • Wash hands before eating and after going to the toilet and changing diapers;
  • Cover the mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing;
  • Maintain good ventilation; and
  • Thoroughly clean toys or appliances which are contaminated by nasal or oral secretions.
     Children suffering from EV infection should stay at home and avoid contact with other children until they have recovered.
     The public may visit the CHP's page on hand, foot and mouth disease and EV71 infection for more information.
Ends/Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Issued at HKT 17:45
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