A young boy has died in southern China from what was "probably" hand, foot and mouth disease, state media said Saturday, raising fears the virus had spread from its epicentre further north.
The 18-month-old boy died Friday morning in Foshan city, Guangdong province just north of Hong Kong, the Xinhua news agency reported, citing local health officials.
AdvertisementThe case was probably caused by the intestinal virus known as enterovirus 71, or EV71, Xinhua said, citing preliminary examinations from the provincial disease prevention control center.
A further 22 children have already died of the virus in Anhui province in eastern China, and another 3,300 there have been infected.
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