Virus Outbreak in Chinese City Kills 19 Children

From Reuters via MSNBC:

A virus outbreak in an eastern Chinese city has killed 19 children and left hundreds ill, state media reported on Sunday nearly two months after the outbreak started.

The intestinal virus called “enterovirus 71” or EV71, one trigger of what is sometimes called “hand-foot-mouth disease,” began spreading in Fuyang in Anhui province from early March, the Xinhua news agency reported, citing the city health office. The victims, mostly aged from 2 to 6, came to hospitals with “fever, along with blisters, ulcers in the mouth, or rashes on the hands and feet,” the report said.

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