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Enterovirus behind the deaths of cambodian children

09 Jul 2012 | By INSERM (Newsroom) | International

The WHO has confirmed that an enterovirus causing a serious form of hand, foot and mouth disease could be the origin of an as yet unexplained syndrome that has caused the deaths of dozens of children in Cambodia since April. The illness starts with a high fever followed by respiratory and neurological symptoms. Since April it has killed more than 52 children aged between 3 months and 11 years out of a total of 59 cases, according to official WHO figures.



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Francis Delpeyroux [break]

Directeur de recherche à l’Inserm
Unité d’épidémiologie moléculaire des entérovirus, Institut Pasteur de Paris.
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