The DOH said EV-71 causes diseases of varying intensity, including the often mild hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD), acute respiratory disease, acute flaccid paralysis (polio-like) and the deadly brainstem encephalitis.
It said HFMD is a self-limiting illness whose symptoms include fever with skin lesions or rashes.
Philippine authorities last weekend went on alert against what was then a mystery disease, amid reports of children in Cambodia dying from it.Also, the DOH and World Health Organization (WHO) clarified the Cambodian EV-71 infection was of the encephalitis type and not HFMD.
The DOH said affected Cambodian children had fever followed by rapid respiratory deterioration and impaired consciousness."Death occurred 24 hours from hospital confinement," the DOH said http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/264880/news/nation/doctors-health-care-providers-told-to-report-enterovirus-71-cases