Child deaths spark probe into rare enterovirus

The deaths occurred between late December 2012 and late March 2013. The investigation will determine whether they are linked to enterovirus 71, a strain that has been associated with outbreaks abroad.

Earlier this year, clinicians on Sydney’s Northern Beaches reported an increase in the number of children aged under five presenting with enterovirus infection. Laboratory investigations revealed enterovirus 71 in some cases.

Some 41 admissions to the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network had