The Straits Times | Viruses, encephalitis in children – what you need to know

Published on 28 Jun 2022 7:33:33 PM

Singapore reported its first death caused by Covid-19 in a patient below 12 years old on Monday night (June 27).

The Health Ministry said the 18-month-old boy died of encephalitis - or inflammation of the brain - due to Covid-19 and two other viruses. The two viruses are the respiratory syncytial virus and the enterovirus.

Dr Lim Yang Chern, a paediatrician from Thomson Paediatric Centre, shares more about the risk of encephalitis in children.