Boy found positive of Enterovirus 71 (EV71)

Health Secretary Enrique Ona confirmed that a one-year old boy from Davao City has been found positive for the Enterovirus 71 (EV71). He said that the tests conducted at the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM) of the eight suspected Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) revealed one was tested positive of the virus similar to the ones in Cambodia that killed 64 children.

Enterovirus 71 (EV71)

Ona clarified however that "the virus is similar to Cambodia but this case is the mild one." He added that the boy had developed fever and rashes on his hands, soles of feet, mouth and buttocks last July 6 and was brought for consultation at a local health facility but was subsequently sent home and has since recovered very well.

Enterovirus 71 (EV71) is a virus of the genus Enterovirus in the Picornaviridae family notable for its etiological role in epidemics of severe neurological diseases in children. It was first isolated and characterized from cases of neurological disease in California in 1969. Infection may be asymptomatic or it may cause diarrhea, rashes, and hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD); and also has the potential to cause severe neurological disease.

Enterovirus 71 (EV71) infection

Although the victim's family members have no sickness, they are still being closely monitored for possible manifestation of symptoms such as high fever, chest and muscle pain, sore throat and headache, Ona said.

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