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    Enterovirus cases continue to rise: CDC
    2019/06/04 23:22:02
    Kuo ****-wei (郭宏偉), deputy chief of the CDC's Epidemic Intelligence Center

    Taipei, June 4 (CNA) Taiwan's weekly enterovirus case reports continued to increase last week, breaching the 11,000 mark, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Tuesday, which suggests that the epidemic might have yet to reach its annual peak.

    Between May 26 and June 1, a total of 11,007 patients sought outpatient or emergency treatment at hospitals for enterovirus infection around Taiwan, up from 9.3 percent (10,236 cases) recorded the previous week, said Kuo ****-wei (郭宏偉), deputy chief of the CDC's Epidemic Intelligence Center.

    Cases of the disease were most prevalent in Yilan County, Taoyuan, Miaoli County, Yunlin County, Chiayi City, Pingtung County, Hualien County and Taitung County, according to the CDC's weekly monitoring data.

    The types of enterovirus infections that have been identified this year are the type 71 (EV71), coxsackievirus EV68, coxsackievirus A9, coxsackievirus A10, coxsackievirus B5 and echovirus type 11, Kuo said.

    Among them, cases of the EV71 virus have been on the rise over the past four weeks, he said...

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    CDC warns children are at risk from enterovirus
    NO IMMUNIZATION:There has not been a large epidemic in Taiwan for many years, so most children or teenagers have never been infected with the EV71 virus, the CDC said
    By Lee I-chia / Staff reporter

    Four cases of serious complications from enterovirus infections were confirmed last week, including a two-year-old in northern Taiwan, and a two-year-old, three-year-old and an 11-year-old in central Taiwan, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) physician Lin Yung-ching (林詠青) said yesterday.

    Three of the children were infected with enterovirus 71 (EV71) and one with coxsackievirus A4, he said, adding that they had developed either encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or encephalomyelitis (inflammation of the brain and spinal cord).

    The symptoms — fever, vomiting, oral ulcers, leg weakness, involuntary twitching of the muscles and loss of consciousness — occurred between Sept. 12 and Sept. 25, Lin said.

    All four were hospitalized and treated in time, Lin said...