The 5th plague is a kind of sickness known as ENTERO VIRUS 71 or HAND-FOOT-MOUTH DISEASE(HFMD). In REVELATION 16:10-11 we read “THEN THE FIFTH ANGEL POURED OUT HIS BOWL ON THE THRONE OF THE BEAST. DARKNESS FELL OVER THE BEAST’S KINGDOM, AND THE PEOPLE BIT THEIR TONGUES BECAUSE OF THEIR PAIN, AND THEY CURSED THE GOD OF HEAVEN FOR THEIR PAINS AND SORES. BUT THEY DID NOT TURN FROM THEIR EVIL WAYS”. Comparatively, this disease is known as FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE (FMD) of the animals. This disease originated in Fuyang City, Anhui Province, China in March 2008. Many people died of this disease, majority of them aged 10 years and below. The symptom of this disease is indicated by swelling with wounds on the legs, hands and mouth of the victims. The victims feel paralyzed on their legs and it is called “POLIO”. This is also called intestinal VIRUS which renders the patient persistent diarrhea. It carries complication in lungs which is coughing and colds and become cause of death. The most dangerous symptom is the presence of water or fluid in the brain and will result to death of the patient.
Child-killing virus hits Beijing
May 14, 2008 — Updated 1213 GMT (2013 HKT)
BEIJING, China (CNN) — The death toll in China’s outbreak of hand-foot-mouth disease has risen to 42 children, with the capital Beijing reporting its first case Wednesday, state media said.
The child died on the way to a hospital Sunday, health authorities told the Xinhua news agency.
Another child died of the virus at a Beijing hospital, but that death was counted in the child’s home province of Hebei, which neighbors Beijing, the news agency said.
So far, the virus has sickened 24,934 children on the Chinese mainland, authorities said. All 42 people who died have been children.
The deaths are blamed on enterovirus 71, or EV-71, one of the most common causes of hand-foot-mouth disease (HFMD).
The official count of infections has increased dramatically in recent days since an order issued late last week by the Ministry of Health mandating that all cases be reported.
HFMD is not related to foot-and-mouth disease, which affects farm animals. HFMD can be caused by a number of intestinal viruses, of which EV-71 and Coxsackie A16 are among the most common.
In mild cases, EV-71 causes cold-like symptoms, diarrhea, and sores on the hands, feet and mouth. Severe cases can cause fluid to accumulate on the brain, resulting in polio-like paralysis and death.
There is no treatment for severe EV-71 infections nor does a vaccine exist. Adults with well-developed immune systems can usually fend off the virus, but children are particularly vulnerable to it, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Public health officials expect the number of cases to peak this summer, since the disease thrives in warm weather.
The virus is a concern for Chinese officials as the nation prepares to host the Summer Olympic Gamesstarting August 8.
Taiwan had a large outbreak of HFMD in 1998 with 78 deaths, and smaller outbreaks in 2000 and 2001, according to the CDC.
China is also coping with the devastation left by a magnitude-7.9 earthquake that struck Monday, killing thousands and leaving even more people trapped in debris or simply listed as missing.
China’s Health Ministry strengthened surveillance and dispatched specialists to the eastern Anhui province as the death toll from a virulent virus climbed to 22, the Xinhua News Agency reported.
The number of reported cases of the virus in children rose to 3,736 early Saturday in the hardest-hit city of Fuyang, according to the state-run news agency. There were 3,321 reported cases Friday in Fuyang.
Xinhua reported that 4,529 children have been sickened in 15 cities in Anhui province.
The virus — called Enterovirus 71, or EV71 — can cause hand, foot and mouth disease. It’s often confused with foot-and-mouth disease in livestock, but the diseases aren’t the same, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
An Anhui province official, Wang Yan, told Xinhua that 978 children are hospitalized, including 48 in critical condition.
“Authorities in Anhui … are doing the utmost to treat the children and strengthen disease control,” he said.
The virus is another concern for Chinese officials as the nation prepares to host the Summer Olympics, which open August 8 in Beijing.
Anhui province is south of the Chinese capital.
The Health Ministry issued a pamphlet Saturday urging local health bureaus to step up prevention and control of infectious diseases as the Olympics approach, Xinhua reported.
In milder cases, EV71 can cause coldlike symptoms, diarrhea and sores on the hands, feet and mouth, according to the journal Genetic Vaccines and Therapy.
But more severe cases can cause fluid to accumulate on the brain, resulting in polio-like paralysis and death, according to the journal.
There is no effective antiviral treatment for severe EV71 infections, and no vaccine is available.
Adults’ well-developed immune systems usually can fend off the virus, but children are vulnerable to it, according to the CDC.
There was a large outbreak of the virus in Taiwan in 1998 with 78 deaths, and smaller outbreaks recurred in 2000 and 2001, the CDC said.
Wang Jinshan, secretary of the Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China, visited hospitals in Fuyang on Friday and called for a long-term system to prevent such outbreaks, Xinhua said. In addition, 45 medical specialists have arrived in the city.
Anhui has upgraded its public health emergency status from Class 3 to Class 2, meaning the provincial government can quarantine patients and control movement in to and out of Fuyang.
In a statement Friday, the World Health Organization noted that the number of hospitalized cases has gradually risen since late March, with a sharp increase in the number of cases since April 19.
Public health officials expect the number of cases to peak in June or July, the WHO said.
“Chinese health authorities have put in place targeted prevention and control measures in Fuyang city and Anhui province, including enhanced surveillance, training of health care workers at all levels in treatment, prevention and control, strengthening of environmental health management and the supervision and monitoring of drinking water quality,” the WHO statement said.
“A public awareness campaign is ongoing, stressing the need for good personal hygiene, mostly by hand washing.”
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