Perak may have recorded first HFMD death

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  • Wednesday, 08 Oct 2008

IPOH: The Perak Health Department is investigating the death of a seven-year-old boy from Taiping, which may be the state’s first recorded death from the Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD).

State Health, Environment and Human Resource Committee chairman A. Sivanesan said a report from the department yesterday stated that samples from the boy's blood and brain fluids had been sent to the Makmal Institute Medical Research on Tuesday for confirmation.

Sivanesan said the child, Toh Guan Hee, from Taman Assamara, had started suffering from fever and rashes on his hands, feet and mouth since last Friday.

Sivanesan said that the boy’s symptoms were similar to a HFMD patient and if it was proved to be so, it would be the first such death recorded in the history of Perak, he said.

Toh first received treatment from a private clinic and then was later moved to a private hospital.

When he did not recover, he was sent to Hospital Taiping on Monday for further treatment, he told reporters at a press conference here yesterday.

Sivanesan said that despite repeated treatments, the boy’s condition continued to worsen and he died at 11.29pm, the same day he was admitted at the hospital.

He added that another 11-month-old girl from Taiping had been admitted into Hospital Taiping yesterday, also for a suspected case of HFMD.

“In Perak, since January to Oct 4, we have seen a total of 258 confirmed HFMD cases in nine districts,” he said.

Sivanesan, however, said that the statistics did not constitute an outbreak of the HFMD or the coxsackie virus in the state.

On the dengue situation in Perak, Sivanesan said that a 16% drop had been recorded over the past week with 118 reported cases two weeks ago and 99 cases last week.

He urged each constituency’s MP or state assemblymen to go down to the ground and conduct their own fogging of suspected aedes mosquito hotspots in their areas.

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