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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 (October 11) investigating a case of severe paediatric enterovirus (EV) infection, and again urged the public and institutions to maintain strict hand, personal and environmental hygiene.
      A 12-day-old baby girl with good past health presented with fever since October 3. She was admitted to Kwong Wah Hospital on the same day and was subsequently transferred to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit for further management. The clinical diagnoses were myocarditis and meningitis. The patient is now in a stable condition.
     Her cerebrospinal fluid specimen tested positive for enterovirus (non EV71) upon testing by the CHP's Public Health Laboratory Services Branch.
      Initial enquiries revealed that the patient had no travel history. Her twin sister also has severe paediatric enterovirus infection and her case was reported in a press release issued on October 7. She remains hospitalised in Queen Mary Hospital and is in a critical condition. Other home contacts remained asymptomatic. 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/Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Issued at HKT 19:28
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