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Case of death due to Enterovirus concurrent with critical condition

On July 11th, 2011, the Department of Health, Taipei City Government received a notification of an infant girl passed away due to Enterovirus concurrent with critical condition. Based on investigation, the girl was sent to seek for medical aid due to high fever on July 5th. Later on July 8th, she showed symptoms of lack of movement and limb weaknesses. Despite after emergency treatment, she was declared on July 9th. Based on the autopsy results from the Centers for Disease Control, Executive Yuan, the baby girl was infected with Type 71 Enterovirus concurrent with critical condition.
Based on the surveillance data collected until the 27th week of 2011, cases of Enterovirus infection diagnosed in emergency room has reached 0.593% nationwide, and rate continue to rise. The Department urges parents to watch over their children’s personal hygiene, encourages them to wash hands more often, avoid crowded places as there might be contagious patients, especially during the summer vacation period as there are cases diagnosed with Type 71 Entervirus in the community. The Department also reminded various medical facilities in Taipei City to enhance treatment for Enterovirus, business premises to reinforce cleanliness and disinfection of play facilities, and childcare organizations to emphasize on environment disinfection and notification, so as to protect the children’s health.
The Department reminds parents to pay extra attention to symptoms such as drowsiness, confusion, muscle jump-type convulsions, persistent vomiting, as these would severe the Enterovirus infection, and urges the parents to bring their children to seek for medical help immediately.
If there should be any enquiry regarding infectious diseases, please call the Reporting and Consultation Hotline 1922 of Centers for Disease Control, Executive Yuan or, Epidemic Prevention Hotline 02-23753782 of Department of Health, Taipei City Government.