Jul 17, 2018 Culture Comments Off on Enterovirus infections reduced from epidemic level: CDC
Taipei, The peak of enterovirus activity this year has passed, with the number of patients seeking outpatient or emergency treatment at hospitals and clinics for enterovirus infection around Taiwan having dropped during the last two weeks, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Tuesday.
CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center Director Liu Ting-ping (???) said that according to CDC data, the number of patients infected with enterovirus who sought medical treatment across the nation was 10,988 last week, a decrease of 8.4 percent from the previous week, which is less than the epidemic threshold of 11,000. A decreasing trend of patient numbers has been shown for two successive weeks, which means the peak of enterovirus activity is over.
Over the past four weeks, the number of cases of enterovirus type 71 infection have increased, while more cases of echovirus 11 infection with severe complications have also been reported, including a newborn baby from northern Taiwan who died at six days old, Liu said.
CDC Deputy Director-General Philip Lo (???) said that although the peak of enterovirus activity is over, people should remain vigilant against the virus. Children are particularly susceptible to the virus during summer vacation.
A total of 20 cases of enterovirus infection with severe complications have been recorded this year, nine of which involved newborns, including six fatalities. All the fatalities were infected with echovirus 11, the CDC data showed.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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