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EV71 case with neurological complications investigated

     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (April 22) investigating a case of Enterovirus-71 (EV71) infection with neurological complications involving an 18-month-old girl and urged the public to be vigilant against the disease.

     The girl lived in Yuen Long. She developed fever and rash on April 17, and vesicles on her limbs and oral ulcers the next day.

     The girl was admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital on April 19. She developed convulsions after admission. Her condition has improved and she is now in stable condition.

     Her stool and throat swab specimens were tested positive for EV71.

     Her family members are asymptomatic.

     A CHP spokesman said as the infection was transmitted by direct contact with nose and throat discharges, the public should be vigilant against the disease and observe the following preventive measures:

*    Wash hands before eating and after going to toilet and changing diapers;

*    Cover mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing;

*    Maintain good ventilation;

*    Thoroughly clean toys or appliances which are contaminated by nasal or oral secretions.

     Children suffering from the infection should stay at home and avoid contacting other children until they have recovered.

     This is the 20th case of EV71 reported this year. A total of 31 and 98 cases were reported in 2009 and 2008 respectively.

     For more information, people may visit the CHP's website ( or call the Central Health Education Hotline 2833 0111.

Ends/Thursday, April 22, 2010
Issued at HKT 20:09


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