- Fri, 07/20/2012 - 17:14
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A virus that has killed hundreds of children around Asia has attacked a 19-month old Filipino boy, but authorities confirmed he has recovered.
The boy was the only confirmed case among eight suspected in the Philippines to have the form of hand, foot and mouth disease known as enterovirus 71 strain, or EV-71, Health Secretary Enrique Ona said.
Ona said Friday that the boy had fever and rashes around his mouth and on his hands, feet and buttocks, typical symptoms of the disease. He said he didn't require hospitalization and is doing well. No other member of his community in southern Davao City is infected.
The recent deaths of almost 60 Cambodian children raised the alarm over the disease. Vietnam and China have also had outbreaks.