Cambodian mystery virus may be hand, foot and mouth disease

At least 52 children aged three months to 11 years have died from an undiagnosed syndrome since mid-April, out of 59 cases, the WHO and Cambodian health ministry said, revising the toll.

Initial reports last week suggested 61 children had died. Of these, 57 presented with fever, respiratory and neurological symptoms. At that time the WHO said 56 had died.

Laboratory tests now show “a significant proportion of the samples tested positive for enterovirus 71 (EV-71)”, which causes a potentially deadly strain of hand, foot and mouth disease, according to