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Enterovirus 71 found in 2-year-old deceased toddler: HFMD to be confirmed as cause of death

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BANGKOK, July 21 – The Enterovirus 71 (EV-71) was found in the body of a deceased two-year-old toddler, but hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) has not yet been confirmed as the cause of death.

Dr Passakorn Chaivanichsiri, the director of Nopparat Rajathanee Hospital in suburban Bangkok, where the child passed away on July 19, said the virus was found on the baby’s neck. The EV-71 virus can cause HFMD, the doctor said, but related symptoms were not discovered when the child was alive. Instead, symptoms of illness caused by the virus appeared on the child’s heart, lungs, and brain.

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