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Molecular Epidemiology of Human Enterovirus 71 at The Origin of An Epidemic of Fatal Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease Cases in Cambodia

Dr. Veasna Duong Deputy Head, Virology Unit Team, Institut Pasteur du Combodge, Cambodia ABSTRACT Human enterovirus 71 (EV-A71) causes Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD). EV-A71 circulates in many countries, causing large epidemics especially in the Asia-Pacific region since 1997. In April 2012, an undiagnosed fatal disease with neurological involvement and respiratory distress occurred in young children admitted to the… Read more »

Enterovirus Surveillance and Control in Vietnam

Speaker: Dr. Vu Thi Que Huong Senior Researcher, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Pasteur Institute in HCMC, Vietnam ABSTRACT Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) being a common contagious disease in children, is normally mild, self-recovering but sometimes develops the life–threatening manifestations. It’s mainly caused by enteroviruses, particularly Coxsackieviruses (CA) and Enterovirus71 (EV-A71). HFMD caused by EV-A71 has been reported… Read more »

Surveillance & Control of Enterovirus in Taiwan

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Speaker: Dr. Chin-Hui, Yang (楊靖慧) Division Director Division of Acute Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control, Taiwan ABSTRACT Enterovirus belongs to a group of small RNA viruses, including polioviruses, Coxsackie A viruses, Coxsackie B viruses, etc. Enterovirus type 71(EV71) has a significantly higher pathogenicity compared to other known enteroviruses, especially regarding neurological complications. An unprecedented outbreak of EV71 infections occurred… Read more »

APNES members agree to work together in Enterovirus prevention and control

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Enteroviruses (EV) are the major pathogens of Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD), affect millions of people each year worldwide, especially among infants and young children. Enterovirus 71 (EV71) is the most fatal form of Enteroviruses, repeatedly caused large outbreaks of HFMD in the Asia-Pacific region. In Taiwan, the largest nationwide EV71 epidemic occurred in 1998. There were at least… Read more »

As enterovirus activity peaks, public advised to wash hands with soap and water frequently and watch for prodromal signs of complications in children with enterovirus infection

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Press released by Taiwan CDC News Page As enterovirus activity in Taiwan gradually peaks, during July 16 and 22,2017, the number of visits to outpatient services and ER for enterovirus infection in the nation exceeded the epidemic threshold, indicating enterovirus activity has reached its peak.  In addition, one new case of enterovirus infection with severe complications was confirmed. Currently, coxsackie A virus is… Read more »

Parents and caregivers of children advised to pay attention to health of newborn babies as children at risk for enterovirus infection and newborn died of enterovirus infection with severe complications

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Press released by Taiwan CDC News Page On August 8, 2017, the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (Taiwan CDC) announced one death linked to enterovirus infection with severe complications in a baby girl less than one month old who resided in southern Taiwan. The baby was born on July 11, 2017 and returned home with her mother after discharge from the… Read more »

Taiwan CDC establishes Enterovirus Response Team in preparedness for potential large-scale enterovirus 71 outbreak

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Data from Division of Planning and Coordination PRESS RELEASED BY TAIWAN CDC On March 15, 2016, the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (Taiwan CDC) announced one new confirmed case of enterovirus 71 infection. Currently, enterovirus activity in the community remains below the epidemic threshold. However, in view of the fact that no large-scale EV71 outbreaks have occurred since 2012 andmost children aged below… Read more »

Kick-off for “Asia-Pacific Network for Enterovirus Surveillance”

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Don’t miss the Kick-off Event on October 30, 2017  Asia-Pacific Network for Enterovirus Surveillance, APNES Time: October 30, 2017 from 17:00 to 17:30 Place: Chang Yung-Fa Foundation’s Evergreen International Convention Center, 1001 Room Location:

Reemergence of Enterovirus 71 Epidemic in Northern Taiwan, 2012

Shu-Ting Luo, Pai-Shan Chiang, Wan-Yu Chung , Min-Yuan Chia, Kuo-Chien Tsao, Ying-Hsiang Wang, Tzou-Yien Lin, Min-Shi Lee Article Published by POLS ONE on March 16, 2015 Background Enterovirus 71 (EV71) belongs to picornavirus family and could be classified phylogeneti- cally into three major genogroups (A, B and C) including 11 genotypes (A, B1-B5 and C1- C5). Since 1997, EV71 has… Read more »