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Infectious diarrhea in Lunar New Year break reaches 4-year high: CDC

Infectious diarrhea in Lunar New Year break reaches 4-year high: CDC

Taipei, Feb. 25 (CNA) Around 34,000 people made visits to hospital emergency rooms over the Lunar New Year holiday presenting symptoms associated with infectious diarrhea, a four-year high, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Wednesday. The figure marked a 10 percent increase from the same period of last year, CDC deputy chief Chuang Jen-hsiang (???) said, attributing the surge to more frequent dining out during the holiday due to this year's better weather. The CDC also warned of a rising threat of infectious diarrhea in the upcoming Feb. 27-March 1 holiday period as more people traveling could help transmit the disease. Meanwhile, the CDC said it was continuing to monitor an outbreak of norovirus in a central Taiwan tourist spot known for its cherry blossoms, where about 120 tourists were reported infected over the Lunar New Year holiday. Both guests and staff at the Hoya Resort Hotel Wuling in the Wuling Farm area reported norovirus symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting and fever, the CDC said. Another norovirus outbreak involving three members of staff at a hotel in the Alishan National Scenic Area has been brought under control, the CDC said. The virus is commonly transmitted through fecal contamination in food or water, person-to-person contact and aerosolization with subsequent contamination of surfaces. The symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps. Sometimes people develop a slight fever, chills, headache, muscle pains and a general sense of tiredness. The illness often begins suddenly and the infected person may feel very sick. In most cases, the symptoms last for one or two days. (By Chen Ching-fang and Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-25 00:32 GMT+08:00