Enterovirus 71 in China claims the lives of two more children

Twelve children remain in a critical condition and more than 600 are still in hospital, some with brain damage and heart and lung problems.

A nationwide alert launched on the weekend has called for greater efforts to control the spread of all infectious diseases including hepatitis A and measles, as well as EV-71, particularly with the upcoming Beijing Olympics and Paralympics.

The World Health Organisation says the virus does not currently present a threat to the Olympics or any other events.

The outbreak is primarily in Fuyang, in the eastern province of Anhui, where 22 of the deaths occurred; nurseries and schools have been closed and workers have sprayed disinfectant around houses in the affected areas.

However, it is my understanding spraying disinfectant alone will not help the situation. These schools need to thoroughly be cleaned with a bleach mixture.

UPDATE: 8:14 p.m.

Two more children have been pronounced dead, the death toll is now 26 children age six and under.