Cases of enterovirus, FMD found in C.Philippines
Updated: 2012-08-20 10:56
ILOILO City, Philippines - The Department of Health (DoH) in Central Philippines has discovered mass incidence of enterovirus as well as foot and mouth diseases (FMD) cases to humans in the country's central part - Western Visayas region.
Dr. Glen Alonsabe, chief epidemiologist of the DoH Western Visayas said Monday that his office had administered 49 cases of enterovirus and 69 victims of FMD.
"This is not alarming since we are treating these cases very well. I just hope that the parents especially in communities should exercise proper hygiene so that they would not absorb the virus," Alonsabe said.
He reminded local residents that enterovirus had killed at least 50 children in Cambodia.
Alonsabe clarified that the Enterovirus that hit children in Central Philippines were mild compared to the virus that were recorded in Cambodia. The names of the Enterovirus were deemed confidential.
For the 69 FMD cases, 39 were registered coming from nearby Capiz province, 12 from Iloilo City, seven from Iloilo province, five in Antique province among others.