CDC urges vigilance after baby is killed by infection
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.