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.
The mortality rate occurring from EV-71 is around 10 percent, he noted, adding that there was a recorded death from this virus at the hospital about five years ago.
Meanwhile, Honorary Prof Dr Prasert Tongcharoen, advisor of Mahidol University’s Medicine Siriraj Hospital Faculty and advisor of Disease Control Department, said that lab tests of the toddler will be up for discussion among a virus expert committee on July 24, in order to identify if this case is within the scope of hand, foot and mouth disease.
Over the past five years, Thailand has experienced an average of between 8,000-18,000 cases of HFMD annually, with a mortality rate of between 2-6 patients per year, he noted.
Report by : MCOT