No announcement yet.

Hong Kong, EV71 case with meningoencephalitis complications investigated (June 15 2012)

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Hong Kong, EV71 case with meningoencephalitis complications investigated (June 15 2012)

    [Source: Centre for Health Protection, Hong Kong PRC SAR, full text: (LINK).]
    EV71 case with meningoencephalitis complications investigated

    The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (June 15) investigating a case of Enterovirus-71 (EV71) infection with meningoencephalitis complications involving a 17-year-old boy, and urges the public to be vigilant against the disease.

    The boy, with chronic illness, lives in Yuen Long. He presented with fever, oral ulcers, vesicles on his palms and altered mental state since June 8. He was admitted to Prince of Wales Hospital on the same day.

    The clinical diagnosis was hand, foot and mouth disease with meningoencephalitis. He is currently in serious condition.

    His rectal and throat swabs specimens tested positive for EV71.

    He has no recent travel history. His younger brother and younger sister had symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease previously. They both have recovered without complications.

    CHP's investigation continues.

    A CHP spokesman said that as the infection is 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; 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 contacting other children until they have recovered.

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

    Ends/Friday, June 15, 2012
    Issued at HKT 22:05