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EV71 case with encephalitis complication under CHP investigation

     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (July 4) investigating a case of Enterovirus 71 (EV71) infection with encephalitis complication involving an 18-year-old man, and urges the public to be vigilant against the disease.

     The patient, with good past health, has presented with rash on the hands and feet since June 26, as well as fever, headache and vomiting since June 27. He attended the Accident and Emergency Department of North District Hospital on June 28 and was admitted for management on the same day.

     His clinical diagnosis was encephalitis. He is currently in stable condition.

     His nasopharyngeal aspirate tested positive for EV71 by the Public Health Laboratory Services Branch of the CHP.
     Initial investigation revealed that he had no recent travel history. His home contacts remained asymptomatic.

     The CHP's investigation is continuing.

     A CHP spokesman said that as the infection is transmitted by direct contact with nose and throat discharges, the public should be vigilant against the disease and observe the following preventive measures:

* Wash hands before eating and after going to the toilet and changing diapers;
* Cover the mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing;
* Maintain good ventilation; and
* Thoroughly clean toys or appliances which are contaminated by nasal or oral secretions.

     Children suffering from the infection should stay at home and avoid contacting other children until they have recovered.

     For more information, people may visit the CHP's website ( or call the Central Health Education Hotline 2833 0111.

Ends/Friday, July 4, 2014
Issued at HKT 17:40


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