Hand-foot-and-mouth dis­ease case vac­cined

Fiji Sun - - World News -


A 3-year-old tod­dler was in­oc­u­lated against hand-foot-and-mouth dis­ease (HFMD) in Kun­ming City, south­west China’s Yun­nan Prov­ince, the first in the prov­ince to re­ceive the vac­ci­na­tion. The hu­man diploid cell vac­cine de­vel­oped in China is the first against en­terovirus 71 (EV71), a pri­mary cause of the HFMD. The vac­cine pre­vented 97.3 per cent of testers from con­tract­ing EV71, ac­cord­ing to the In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Bi­ol­ogy, Chi­nese Academy of Med­i­cal Sciences, the vac­cine de­vel­oper. The HFMD is caused by a group of en­teroviruses in­clud­ing EV71, which causes heart and lung com­pli­ca­tions that can lead to death. It has be­come one of the most ubiq­ui­tous in­fec­tious dis­eases in China due to lack of vac­cines. In­fants and chil­dren un­der five years are most vul­ner­a­ble. From May 2008 to De­cem­ber 2015, China has re­ported nearly 14 mil­lion HFMD cases, of which 3391 have re­sulted in fa­tal­i­ties. Xin­hua

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