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Severe case of paediatric enterovirus infection investigated

     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (July 25) investigated a case of severe paediatric enterovirus (EV) infection affecting a one-month-old baby, and urged the public to be vigilant against the disease.

     The boy presented with fever on July 21. He was admitted to Prince of Wales Hospital on the same day.

     The clinical diagnosis was meningitis due to EV infection. His condition is stable.

     His cerebrospinal fluid, throat and rectal swabs tested positive for EV. His home contacts were asymptomatic.

     He has no recent travel history. The investigation is continuing.

     A CHP spokesman said that as EV infection is transmitted by direct contact with nose and throat discharges, or the stool of infected persons, the public should be vigilant against the disease 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;
* Never share personal items such as towels and eating utensils;
* Maintain good ventilation; and
* Thoroughly clean toys or appliances which are contaminated by nasal or oral secretions.

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

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

Ends/Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Issued at HKT 15:45


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