Taiwan enters annual enterovirus epidemic season: CDC

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/07/26
By: Chang Ming-hsuan and CNA intern William Yen

Taipei, July 26 (CNA) The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced on Tuesday that Taiwan entered the annual enterovirus epidemic season last week when a total of 11,592 patients infected with the virus seeked medical treatment across the nation during the seven-day period, surpassing the epidemic threshold of 11,000.

CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center Director Liu Ting-ping (劉定萍)said that three cases of Coxsackievirus A6 infection, two cases of Echovirus 5 infection, and one case of Coxsackievirus A2 infection made up this year’s six recorded cases of severe enterovirus complications.

Parents should exercise caution, as there have been 26 cases of Enterovirus Type 71, Liu said. The disease is notable for its etiological role in epidemics of severe neurological diseases in children.    [FULL  STORY]

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