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Hong Kong declares scarlet fever outbreak

June 21, 2011 1 comment

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Hong Kong has declared an outbreak of scarlet fever after it claimed the life of at least one child while infecting thousands of others in the city and elsewhere in China.

A seven-year-old Hong Kong girl died from the illness late last month while a five-year-old boy in the city died Tuesday morning from what said was a “very likely” a case of scarlet fever.

Hong Kong authorities have recorded 40 new cases in the past few days, pushing the total number to 459 so far this year, the highest annual total in the city and more than three times the figure for the whole of 2010.

The boy — who also had — developed a fever last Wednesday and was admitted to hospital on Sunday with symptoms of the illness.

His condition deteriorated rapidly and he died Tuesday morning, Thomas Tsang, controller of Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection, said.

Classes have been suspended at the boy’s kindergarten for a week, a first for Hong Kong following a scarlet fever death.

“The situation is rather serious at the moment,” Tsang said Tuesday.

“We are facing an because the that is causing scarlet fever is widely circulating in Read more…