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Province of Anhui
A total of 19 children have died and more than 700 others fallen ill because of an outbreak of a lethal intestinal virus in Fuyang City, Anhui Province, since March. The virus has been identified as enter virus 71 or EV 71, according to the health department of Fuyang City. Hospitals in Fuyang, a city in northwestern part of Anhui, started to take in children with fever, along with blisters, ulcers in the mouth, or rashes on the hands and feet, beginning in early March. Most of the victims were aged between two and six. By Saturday, there were 789 cases of infections, of which, 19 were fatal. A total of 204 children remain in hospital for further medical observation, of whom, four are said to be in critical conditions.