Penang Baby Who Died Last Month Actually First HFMD Fatality

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A 17-month-old boy died in Penang on June 6 due to hand, foot and mouth disease, says Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye.

He said the child was the first fatality in the country due to HFMD and that laboratory tests on tissue samples from the victim confirmed that his death was because of the disease.

“The boy was admitted to a private hospital in Bayan Lepas on June 3 after experiencing flu, breathing difficulty and mouth ulcers. But his condition deteriorated and he died three days after receiving treatment at the hospital.

“Tests carried out by specialists confirmed that his death was due to lung infection as a result of complications from Enterovirus 71 (EV71) which causes HFMD,” he said yesterday.

On Saturday, a two-and-a half-year-old boy from Kampung Pangtray, Daro, Mukah in Sarawak, died, believed to be due to HFMD.

The boy was reported to have come down with fever on Tuesday. He developed rashes on his hands and feet, and also had ulcers in his mouth.

According to Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, the boy’s death was due to severe lung infection with HFMD and that clinical samples had been taken to confirm the cause of death.

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