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In Brief

In Brief

Food poisoning may have caused deaths
A outbreak of suspected food poisoning occurred at an upscale postnatal care center in Kaohsiung City on August 25 and 26, resulting in the deaths of two infants and causing severe vomiting and diarrhea among nine postnatal women.
The authorities are still trying to determine the cause of the incident.
The Kaohsiung City Health Bureau said it did not rule out the possibility that a virus infection had broken out on the 15th floor of center where the women and their babies were housed.
The bureau, which has since quarantined the floor, said some 40 people in the building, including the residents on the 15th floor, ate the same food on the day in question, but only the people on the 15th floor fell ill.
AIDS figures
The Center for Disease Control under the Deparmtment of Health said yesterday that 16 of the 42 men taking part in a home party in Taipei City who were taken back for health checks on the eve of Typhoon Sepat in mid-August were confirmed to have contracted AIDS and 18 others had syphilis.
CDC Deputy Director Chou Chih-hao called on people to exercise safe sex and avoid having sexual intercourse with people that they do not know well enough in home parties.
Burden on students
The Ministry of Education has come up with a four-year plan to provide NT$50 million (US$1.51 million) annually beginning next year for the installation or repair of storage cabinets at junior high and elementary schools, an MOE official said yesterday.
Pan Wen-chung, director of the MOE Elementary Education Department, made the remarks a day after an education meeting to discuss relevant topics.
Pan said that to reduce the weight of the books children need to carry to and from school, the MOE has decided to subsidize schools to provide storage for use by students.
Business prospects
A majority of 85 percent of Taiwanese manufacturing firms responding to a recent survey are optimistic about business prospects for the second half of the year, a local think tank researcher said yesterday.
The survey of Taiwanese firms was conducted by the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research in July to explore their views of future business prospects, said Chen Miao, a TIER researcher.
Citing survey results, Chen stated that the number of manufacturing firms optimistic about business prospects in July rose 18.8 percent from June, while firms expressing pessimism about the future decreased 12.5 percent over the same period.