Taiwan prepares for Enterovirus outbreak

Outbreak News
Date: on April 19, 2016
By: Staff

In light of the second confirmed enterovirus 71 (EV 71) with severe

Taiwan map/CIA

Taiwan map/CIA

complications case in Taiwan has prompted officials to prepare to the possibility of an outbreak in 2016.

Last Friday, the Taiwan CDC confirmed the second EV 71 case in a Yilan County 2-year-old. The complications were so severe that the child had to be treated in intensive care and is now recovering.

Taiwan CDC once again stresses that enterovirus is highly contagious and infants and children aged below 5 are at increased risk of developing enterovirus infection with severe complications. Adults who return home from work are advised to change cloths and wash hands with soap and water before coming into contact with children. In addition, please make sure children wash their hands with soap and water thoroughly when going out, returning home and before having their meals in order to ward off infection.

Taiwan CDC has established a response work team and designated 76 hospitals in the nation as the Treatment Center for Patients of Enterovirus Infection with Severe Complications. Health officials urge parents to pay close attention to the symptoms of the child diagnosed with enterovirus infection, if the sick child develops suspected symptoms such as drowsiness, disturbed consciousness, inactivity, flaccid paralysis, myoclonic jerk, continuous vomiting, tachypnea, and tachycardia, please take the child to a large hospital for medical attention immediately in order to ensure prompt treatment.      [FULL  STORY]

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