Mysterious infection killing children in Cambodia identified as a strain of hand, foot and mouth disease

The cause of the infections that killed 61 of 62 children with a “mystery” disease has been identified as a particular virus that sometimes causes hand, foot and mouth disease, enterovirus 71. This virus is common in Asia but is usually not found in Cambodia.

Travellers who are travelling with small children who are most susceptible to infection with this virus can decrease the risk of exposure to hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) virus by frequent hand washing and maintaining careful personal hygiene.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease.

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