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Virus cause of 'mystery illness' in Cambodia?

Enterovirus 71 causes hand, foot and mouth disease

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, | July 9, 2012

The World Health Organization said Monday it was finding a high incidence of the virus that causes hand, foot and mouth disease among children in Cambodia.

The latest review of records from Cambodia's Ministry of Health turned up high incidence of the virus that causes hand, foot and mouth disease among children in Cambodia. looked at as part of the WHO investigation into the unidentified illness that has claimed the lives of 52 children since April.

Enterovirus 71 causes hand, foot and mouth disease in humans and generally effects children. Most of the kids stricken in Cambodia have been under 3 years old.

WHO said in a written statement that some cases turned up other ailments as well, but no evidence of the SARS or H1N1 influenza viruses was detected.

The agency said hand, foot and mouth disease is usually the result of the coxsackievirus A16 virus and is generally mild. EV-71, however, can lead to serious complications.

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