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    05-13-2009 22:58
    Infant Dies of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

    By Kim Hyun-cheol
    Staff Reporter

    The first case of death has been reported here of complications from a viral infection that caused dozens of infants to die in China recently.

    A 12-month-old infant died as a result of contracting hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province, earlier this month, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said Wednesday.

    The victim, whose identity has not been disclosed, purportedly showed typical blister symptoms late last month and fell into a coma four days later before losing her life May 5, the office said.

    The virus that killed the infant had a 98-percent similarity to enterovirus 71, which caused the fatalities in China, the health authorities said, raising concern that the nation's quarantine system is vulnerable to diseases coming from neighboring countries.

    Also, another 20-month-old infant in Seoul suffered left leg paralysis due to the virus.

    Suspicions of mismanagement by the health authorities have arisen because it took more than two weeks until an official announcement was made.

    However, a KCDC official said there have been ``few apparent signs of HFMD prevalence this summer,'' according to Yonhap News Agency.

    Currently, there is no particular management or vaccines for HFMD, which is not a designated infectious disease here.

    In South Korea, the illness prevailed among young children in the early 2000s, but no deaths were reported as it was caused by the coxsackie A-16 virus, a much more common and milder virus than enterovirus 71, which can cause potentially fatal encephalitis.

    HFMD, characterized by fever and typically a rash on the palms, feet, or in the mouth of the patient, can be deadly if this complication occurs. It is a common illness that mainly affects children under the age of 10, with May to July being the peak period for the disease.

    An outbreak killed 79 children in mainland China between January and April this year, according to China's Ministry of Health.

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    5 Uijeongbu Children Catch Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease

    Five children at a daycare center in Uijeongbu, Gyeonggi Province have contracted hand, foot and mouth disease which killed a 12-month-old baby earlier this month.

    According to public health officials, a child at the daycare center began displaying symptoms of the disease last Wednesday. But since the disease had not been confirmed, the child continued to attend the center, infecting four other children there. But all five children were treated and have fully recovered.

    The virus usually attacks young children with weaker immune systems and can be fatal for babies.
    Arirang News / May 21, 2009 11:26 KST


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      Hand, foot and mouth reported in S. Korea
      Published: June 5, 2009 at 1:10 PM

      SEOUL, June 5 (UPI) -- Hand, foot and mouth disease
      has killed one baby in South Korea and left another brain dead, health authorities said Friday.

      One 12-month-old baby died from the disease May 13 and a second 12-month-old has been diagnosed as brain dead after being hospitalized late last month, the nation's Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs said.

      Both babies were infected with enterovirus 71, also known as EV71, which causes vomiting, fever and rashes and can result in paralysis and meningitis, Yonhap News Agency reported Friday.

      The moderately contagious virus is most common among infants and children, but rarely is fatal, ministry officials said. The virus, which is rare in adults, is spread by contact with mucus, saliva or the feces of an infected person and usually occurs in nursery schools or kindergartens, Yonhap said.

      Hand, foot and mouth disease, which sickens humans, is not the same as foot-and-mouth disease, also called hoof-and-mouth disease, which sickens sheep, cattle and pigs.

      Health authorities in South Korea did not publicly say where the children lived or where they were reported sick.


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        Hand-Foot-Mouth Infections Rising

        More than 300 infants in Seoul have hand, foot and mouth disease.

        According to the Seoul city government, 131 nurseries across the capital reported 340 cases of the infection. Some 274 infants have recovered, and 66 are undergoing treatment. In June, the city saw over 200 new patients.

        The Health Ministry says it will launch a campaign to encourage frequent hand-washing and hold educational presentations about the disease at nursery schools.

        Hand, foot and mouth disease usually affects infants and children during the summer and autumn months and spreads through direct contact.