Hong Kong DoH Reports A Child Death Case

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A spokesman for the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health said the Centre received one report involving a child death notified through the paediatric surveillance programme (PSP) set up by the CHP with private and public hospitals.

Since the PSP was set up in March 2008, it has so far recorded seven child death reports of various infective conditions, excluding the present report. Statistics gathered from death certificates indicated that during previous years, a baseline average of 15 - 20 children aged nine years or below in Hong Kong died from primary infective causes each year.

The last two previous recorded child deaths from PSP were a 11-month old child with EV71 infected outside Hong Kong (onset on August 29), and a three-year-old Pakistani child living locally with suspected sepsis and encephalopathy (onset on August 8).

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The new report involved a six-year-old girl who developed fever, abdominal pain, headache and vomiting on September 1 and attended the Accident and Emergency Department of Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital (PYNEH) on September 2. She was discharged after treatment.

The girl sought medical treatment from a private doctor on September 3 and was taken to PYNEH in the evening. She passed away on the same day. She had spent time in both Guangdong province and Hong Kong in August.

Investigations are in progress to ascertain whether the girl died from an infective or a non-infective cause. Initial laboratory tests on the girl's nasopharyngeal aspirate specimen yielded negative results of influenza A and B, parainfluenza 1, 2 and 3, adenovirus, respiratory syncytial virus and enterovirus.

CHP staff visited the school which the girl had attended and health advice was given to the school accordingly. The school did not have an outbreak of infectious disease.

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