facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Virus suspected in Cambodia outbreak

July 9, 2012 at 2:13 PM   |   Comments

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, July 9 (UPI) -- The World Health Organization said Monday it was finding a high incidence of the virus that causes hand, foot and mouth disease among children in Cambodia.

The latest review of records from Cambodia's Ministry of Health turned up enterovirus 71 in a large number of cases looked at as part of the WHO investigation into the unidentified illness that has claimed the lives of 52 children since April.

Enterovirus 71 causes hand, foot and mouth disease in humans and generally effects children. Most of the kids stricken in Cambodia have been under 3 years old.

WHO said in a written statement that some cases turned up other ailments as well, but no evidence of the SARS or H1N1 influenza viruses was detected.

The agency said hand, foot and mouth disease is usually the result of the coxsackievirus A16 virus and is generally mild. EV-71, however, can lead to serious complications.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Surgeons in Australia perform heart transplant with 'dead heart' Surgeons in Australia perform heart transplant with 'dead heart'
2
Study: Early air pollution exposure linked to autism Study: Early air pollution exposure linked to autism
3
Morning exercise helps calm ADHD symptoms in children Morning exercise helps calm ADHD symptoms in children
4
Yoga guru BKS Iyengar dies at 95 Yoga guru BKS Iyengar dies at 95
5
Michelle Obama made a 'Turn Down for What' Vine inspired by turnips Michelle Obama made a 'Turn Down for What' Vine inspired by turnips
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback