CDC urges vig­i­lance af­ter baby is killed by in­fec­tion

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol (CDC) warned Mon­day of a grow­ing en­terovirus threat af­ter Tai­wan recorded a sec­ond death this year from se­vere en­terovirus in­fec­tion in a new­born.

The boy, born in New Taipei May 27, died two hours af­ter birth af­ter be­ing in­fected with the Cox­sackie A16 virus, the CDC said.

The agency urged pre­cau­tions, es­pe­cially for preg­nant women or fam­i­lies with new­borns, as in­fants and chil­dren aged be­low five are at in­creased risk of de­vel­op­ing en­terovirus in­fec­tion with se­vere com­pli­ca­tions.

The CDC said the num­ber of pa­tients seek­ing emer­gency treat­ment for en­terovirus symptoms had in­creased to 1,041 in the one-week pe­riod from May 31-June 6, rep­re­sent­ing an emer­gency con­sul­ta­tion rate of 7.73 per thou­sand, higher than the epi­demic thresh­old of 4.35 per thou­sand.

The num­bers were up from 636, 740 and 736 emer­gency en­terovirus cases re­ported in Tai­wan in the three pre­vi­ous weeks, ac­cord­ing to CDC data.

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