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Picornaviruses

Experts unsure of EV-71 link to Cambodia deaths

Local health experts say they would need more information about the virulent strain of hand, foot and mouth disease that has killed dozens of children in Cambodia before they can determine what, if any, risk it poses to local children.

Saturday, 14 July, 2012, 12:00am

City Digest

Fifth person this month dies collecting clams

23 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Hand, foot and mouth disease on the rise

The Department of Health has recorded the second-highest number of hand, foot and mouth disease outbreaks in the past five years as Hong Kong enters the usual peak time for the disease in summer.

By the end of last month, 357 people had been infected in 67 outbreaks, exceeded only in the same period of 2010, which saw a particularly large epidemic.

4 May 2012 - 12:00am

Washing hands could save lives

Saturday was Global Handwashing Day, and the Hong Kong Committee for Unicef used the occasion to remind people of the healthy habit.

Washing hands with soap before eating or handling food and after using the bathroom is a good way to fight childhood infections, which are entering their peak season now.

17 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Hand, foot and mouth outbreaks to slow

Outbreaks of hand, foot and mouth disease will slow down next month as the school summer holiday begins, Secretary for Food and Health Dr York Chow Yat-ngok said yesterday, reiterating that there was no need to suspend classes across the city. A 13-year-old boy with the disease remained in intensive care, a spokesman for Princess Margaret Hospital said.

15 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Epidemic peak to last weeks more

The peak of the hand, foot and mouth epidemic will last a few more weeks and subside over the summer break, with another surge possible in winter, the Centre for Health Protection says.

12 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Hand, foot and mouth outbreaks at 16 sites

11 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Infections continue for 'three more weeks'

9 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

8 infections prompt fourth school closure

A fourth school has been closed after eight pupils were found infected with a highly contagious virus that may cause the hand, foot and mouth disease.

2 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Disease peaks early

Officials say the spread of infection from enterovirus 71 (EV 71) peaked earlier than expected this year, but warn that the worst is not over.

31 May 2010 - 12:00am

No need to close schools yet, says education chief

The education chief says the spread of a highly contagious intestinal virus is not yet serious enough to warrant the closure of the city's schools.

30 May 2010 - 12:00am

Another school shut as more fall ill with viral infection

Another school has been ordered closed as a highly contagious intestinal virus continues to spread, with two more adults developing complications and health officials warning the number of infections may hit a 10-year high.

29 May 2010 - 12:00am

Nurse, 35, dies from virus that causes hand, foot and mouth disease

A nurse from United Christian Hospital has died of an infection of a highly contagious intestinal virus that she might have caught from her daughters.

27 May 2010 - 12:00am

Guangdong on virus alert

Health authorities in Guangdong have sounded an alarm over the prevalence of enterovirus-71 (EV-71), a highly contagious intestinal virus leading to hand, foot and mouth disease in Dongguan, where four children have died.

5 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Cases of hand, foot and mouth disease overlooked, ministry says

The Ministry of Health has confirmed Henan and Shandong have overlooked some cases of hand, foot and mouth disease, but said local officials are investigating an alleged deliberate cover-up.

The disease has made 41,846 children ill across the country and killed 18 so far this year, including seven in Henan and five in Shandong.

28 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

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