Thailand confirms death from raging child virus

July 24, 2012

(AP) — Thailand has confirmed its first fatality this year from a virus that has killed hundreds of children across Asia.

The 2-year-old girl who died at a Bangkok hospital last week had a form of hand, foot and mouth known as enterovirus 71 strain, or EV-71. The disease is common among ages 2 to 5 and is usually mild. But the severe form of the illness caused more than 400 deaths in the first half of this year in China, Vietnam and Cambodia.

Disease Control Department senior adviser Doctor Prasert Thongcharoen said Tuesday that laboratory tests showed the Thai girl was more vulnerable because she also had asthma.

The Public Health Ministry said about 16,000 children in Thailand contracted hand, foot and mouth disease this year.

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