Enterovirus cases continue to rise: CDC

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Enterovirus cases continue to rise: CDC

Taipei, Sept. 12 (CNA) Taiwan's weekly reported enterovirus cases continued to increase last week, breaching the 15,000 mark, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Tuesday, suggesting that the epidemic might have yet to reach its peak.

Between Sept. 3 and Sept. 9, a total of 15,290 patients sought outpatient or emergency treatment at hospitals for enterovirus infections around Taiwan, up from 14,091 cases recorded the previous week, according to the CDC's weekly monitoring data.

It was the fifth consecutive week in which the number of cases had increased.

The number of enterovirus cases is at its highest level this year and the highest in the same period over the last five years, according to CDC Deputy Director-General Philip Lo (羅一鈞).

The country entered the annual enterovirus epidemic season in mid-July, about three months later than in the past few years, when the epidemic season usually started in April and lasted through September, Lo noted, adding that the epidemic might not reach its peak until October or November.

Most confirmed cases were among children, as the new school year started recently, he added.

According to the CDC, children under the age of 5 are one of the high risk groups for enterovirus infection. Typical symptoms include ulcers and blisters on the hands, feet and mouth, sometimes without a fever occurring.

As enteroviruses are highly infectious, parents are advised to change their clothes and wash their hands thoroughly with soap before hugging their children, and to remember to wash their children's hands with soap before they eat, the CDC said.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Evelyn Kao)

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