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Taiwan sees sharp increase in enterovirus infections: CDC

Taiwan sees sharp increase in enterovirus infections: CDC

Taipei, May 21 (CNA) Roughly 200 more patients sought emergency treatment for enterovirus symptoms in the past week, a week-on-week increase of some 36 percent, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Thursday. A total of 635 enterovirus cases seen in the one-week period from May 10-16 represented an emergency consultation rate of 4.35 per thousand, higher than the epidemic threshold of 2.7 per thousand, the CDC said. The numbers were up from 307, 427 and 465 emergency enterovirus cases reported in Taiwan in the three previous weeks, according to CDC data. The Coxsackie A virus has been the dominant strain of enterovirus circulating around the country, accounting for 76.5 percent of the total infections, the CDC said. The agency warned that infants and children under the age of 5 are at high risk of developing severe complications if they are infected by the enterovirus. 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 : 2021-09-22 15:34 GMT+08:00