MANILA, Philippines – Two children who tested positive for enterovirus have already recovered, the Department of Health said Wednesday, July 18.
Both were among at least 7 children investigated by the Department of Health for symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease (HMFD) that is sometimes caused by Enterovirus-71. An EV-71 strain discovered in Cambodia caused the death of at least 52 children.
Results of the tests on the rest of the children in the country will be released this week, Tayag said.
“The kids are alright and they have no severe complication. Their manifestation is not anywhere near the manifestations described in Cambodia,” he added.
The EV-71 virus discovered in Cambodia triggered a health alert in the region. It prompted the DOH to declare it a “notifiable disease.”
“If there are many reports, it is not because of outbreak but because of DOH instruction. We have cases in the Philippines but not of the same severity as the one seen in Cambodia,” Tayag said. – Rappler.com