Enterovirus cases near epidemic

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 21, 2018
By: Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

The number of enterovirus infection cases reported last week increased 13.8 percent

At a news conference in Taipei yesterday, Centers for Disease Control officials urge parents to have their young children vaccinated against influenza as soon as possible.  Photo: CNA

to 10,427, nearing the epidemic threshold of 11,000, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Epidemic Intelligence Center Director Liu Ting-ping (劉定萍) said yesterday.

The number has increased for two consecutive weeks, she said, adding that the rate was higher in central, northern and eastern Taiwan.

There were no cases of serious complications or deaths associated with the disease in the past two weeks, but 32 serious enterovirus-related complications have been reported this year, she said.

The two peak periods for enterovirus infection are usually between spring and summer, and when school begins in autumn, CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said.    [FULL  STORY]

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