En­terovirus claims 2nd life this year

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY SUN HSIN- HSUAN

A new­born baby boy died yes­ter­day evening due to se­vere en­terovirus in­fec­tion, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol (CDC,

). Sum­mer is of­ten the en­terovirus sea­son in the na­tion, CDC of­fi­cials said. It has taken two lives so far this year, the first of which hap­pened on June 5, claim­ing the life of a baby girl only days af­ter her birth.

The baby boy from Xin­dian, New Taipei City, de­vel­oped heart and lung fail­ures soon af­ter his birth on May 27, which was then iden­ti­fied as en­terovirus cox­sackie A16 virus in­fec­tion. He died yes­ter­day af­ter sev­eral emer­gency treat­ment, ac­cord­ing to Chen Hsiao-yen ( ), of­fi­cial of the New Taipei City Depart­ment of Health ( ).

En­terovirus is an ex­tremely con­ta­gious type of RNA virus, which trans­mits di­rectly and in­di­rectly from per­son to per­son. One may be in­fected by con­sum­ing an in­fected per­son’s wa­ter or food. The virus can also be trans­mit­ted through the air and from mother to in­fant dur­ing preg­nancy. In­fants and young chil­dren are hit hard­est, how­ever, adults are af­fected as well, Chen said. The av­er­age in­cu­ba­tion pe­riod is from three to 10 days.

Ac­cord­ing to the CDC, in­fec­tion can re­sult in a wide va­ri­ety of symptoms rang­ing from mild re­s­pi­ra­tory ill­ness or just flu-like symptoms, runny and stuffy nose, cough, short­ness of breath, sore throat, ear pain, con­ges­tion, dif­fi­culty in swal­low­ing, loss of smell or taste, sud­den weight loss due to sig­nif­i­cant stom­ach prob­lems, or weight gain due to in­ac­tiv-

ity, as well as bone and mus­cle pain.

In­fants Most Prone to In­fec­tion

Chen re­minded par­ents to be at­ten­tive to chil­dren’s health con­di­tions, es­pe­cially those un­der the age of five, and to seek med­i­cal ad­vice im­me­di­ately if chil­dren present with symptoms.

The Min­istry of Health and Wel­fare ( MHW, ) urged that par­ents take their chil­dren to hos­pi­tals spe­cial­ized in en- terovirus treat­ment, in­clude Far Eastern Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal (

), Cardinal Tien Hos­pi­tal Xin­dian Branch ( ) and Yonghe Branch ( ), Si­jhih Cathay Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal (

), Bud­dhist Tzu Chi Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal Taipei Branch (

), MacKay Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal, Tam­sui Branch ( ) , En Chu Kong Hos­pi­tal ( ), Shuang Ho Hos­pi­tal ) and Taipei Hos­pi­tal (

(

).

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