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CDC urges vigilance as enterovirus peaks in Taiwan

CDC urges vigilance as enterovirus peaks in Taiwan

Taipei, May 8 (CNA) The public should pay more attention to personal hygiene as Taiwan is in the grip of an enterovirus outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warned Friday. The CDC said the number of patients seeking emergency treatment for enterovirus symptoms had increased to 427 in the one-week period April 26 to May 2, representing an emergency consultation rate of 3.45 permil, higher than the epidemic threshold of 2.7 permil. Escalating enterovirus outbreaks in neighboring countries have also made the situation more challenging, the CDC said, adding that as of late April, the number of reported enterovirus infections in Japan had reached 17,000, in Singapore 8,800, and in Vietnam 13,000. In both Japan and Singapore, the number of cases is at a five-year-high, the CDC said. It warned that infants and children under the age of five are at high risk of developing severe complications as a result of enterovirus infections. Medical attention should be sought immediately in cases where a child develops symptoms of the virus, such as a persistent fever, drowsiness, lethargy or continuous vomiting, the CDC said. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-19 11:25 GMT+08:00