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HFMD suspected in Russian train death

RUSSIAN authorities have quarantined 53 Chinese after a Chinese migrant died of suspected hand-foot-mouth disease yesterday.

The 24-year-old woman, whose name has not been released, was with other Chinese migrants on a train traveling from Blagoveshchensk, a city in the Far East to Moscow early yesterday, the Information Office at Kirov Oblast said.

Preliminary checks showed the woman might have been killed by hand-foot-mouth disease, a disease that has already claimed at least 50 lives in the Chinese mainland this year.

A detailed autopsy result is not expected for seven to 10 days.

The woman's body was removed from the train when it stopped at Zuyevka in central Russia's Kirov region, and the carriage in which the woman was traveling was disconnected from the rest of the train.

The other Chinese have now been taken to a local hospital for observation.

Three of the passengers were found to have respiratory tract infections and were running temperatures, according to the Kirov health bureau.

The local medical department checked the other passengers but found no one else with symptoms.

Hand-foot-mouth disease is caused by intestinal viruses.

In China this year it has killed 15 children alone in Heze city in Shandong Province, with 115,000 cases reported nationwide. The disease usually affects infants and children, occasionally spreading to adults with weak immune systems.


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