Philippines has 2nd case of EV-71
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – The Department of Health confirmed Tuesday that another case of Enterovirus 71 (EV-71) has been detected in the Philippines.
Health Secretary Enrique Ona confirmed that a 5-year-old boy from Benguet has been infected by the virus and was showing mild symptoms.
“#DOH Sec Ona confirms second #EV71 HFMD in 5 year old boy from Benguet. The boy has mild symptoms and recovering at home,” said DOH Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag said in his Twitter account.
A one-year-old baby boy from Davao is the first confirmed case of EV--71 in the Philippines. The infection was first detected last July 20.
Health officials said the baby contracted fever and had rashes on the hand, foot, mouth and buttocks.
The DOH said both EV-71 patients had no travel history. They were also exhibiting symptoms not as fatal as those found in at least 55 children who died in Cambodia after being afflicted with EV-71.
Health officials are currently doing contact tracing to identify where the patients got the virus.
HFMD, the World Health Organization said, is a common infectious disease of infants and children. It is characterized by fever, painful sores in the mouth, and a rash with blisters on hands, feet and also buttocks. It is prevalent in many Asian countries.
The WHO said HFMD “is not to be confused with foot-and-mouth (also called hoof-and-mouth) disease which is caused by a different virus and affects cattle, sheep, and pigs.”
As of the moment, there is no vaccine yet to treat EV-71 strain of HFMD.
Health officials said the only approach is having very aggressive public health measures such as careful observation of patients who are showing symptoms of fever and rashes; and personal hygiene and sanitation. – with a report from Sol Aragones, ABS-CBN News