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CDC urges caution for Phuket travelers
The Center for Disease Control yesterday urged travelers to Thailand's Phuket Island to take extra precautions against Legionnaire's Disease after four European tourists have reportedly contracted the ailment since November 20.
Legionnaire's disease, caused by bacteria Legionellae, is principally manifested as pneumonia. The symptoms include fever, unproductive coughing, dyspnoea, malaise, headache, myalgia, abdominal pain and diarrhea. It usually occurs when people breathe vapor from water contaminated with the bacteria. In its most common form, the disease presents itself between two and 10 days after exposure.
Cold front coming
An approaching cold front is expected to send temperatures in most of Taiwan down to below 10 degrees Celsius in the next three days from Saturday, according to a forecast by the Central Weather Bureau (中央氣象局).
CWB meteorologists said that northeastern Taiwan could experience temperatures as low as 7 degrees Celsius between January 27-29.
The mercury is expected to rise slightly from January 30, but parts of Taiwan could still have early morning temperatures down to 10 degrees Celsius or lower until February 2.
Invited by Wang
Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) said yesterday he will invite lawmakers from the ruling and opposition camps to meet next Monday to work out an agenda for a proposed extra legislative session.
The opposition-controlled legislature is scheduled to hold a talk session Monday to discuss whether to hold an extraordinary legislative session to deal with several key bills, including the government's 2007 budget plan.
Web user survey
Eighty-seven percent of Internet users in Taiwan own financial products, most of which are savings accounts, according to the results of a survey released yesterday by a local market research company.
The survey, conducted by InsightXplorer, shows that 66 percent of the respondents have new Taiwan dollar savings accounts, 56.8 percent have insurance, 55.2 percent own credit cards and 29.4 percent own stock.
Among the respondents who had purchased financial products online over the past month, 15.4 percent bought stocks, 12.3 percent bought mutual funds and 6.2 percent bought insurance.
The survey found that 46 percent of stock investors had carried out stock transactions online over the past month and that online financial services are more popular among men than women.


Updated : 2021-07-29 06:22 GMT+08:00