TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

Severe case of pediatric enterovirus investigated in Hong Kong

The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health in Hong Kong announced on Monday that it recently investigated a severe case of pediatric enterovirus infection.

CHP said the case involved a 7-year-old girl with a history of good health. She was admitted to the Kwong Wah Hospital on Oct. 5 with symptoms of fever, vomiting and neck stiffness.

The girl was diagnosed with meningitis, treated and discharged on Oct. 11. Subsequent testing of her cerebrospinal fluid showed that she had the enterovirus echovirus type 30.

During its investigation, the CHP found that the girl lives in Shenzhen. Her two siblings received medical attention in September and October for what was determined to be an upper respiratory infection, and have since recovered. Her parents do not show symptoms of infection.

CHP said that the infection is spread through nose and mouth discharges, and the public should be diligent in preventing the spread of the infection. Best practices include washing hands before eating and after using the restroom, covering the mouth and nose during a sneeze or cough and cleaning toys and surroundings that are contaminated by nose or oral discharges. Children with infections should avoid passing their sickness to other children by staying home.