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Over 17,000 medical visits with enterovirus symptoms mark 10-year high

Over 17,000 medical visits with enterovirus symptoms mark 10-year high

2024-05-14

Hospital visits due to enterovirus symptoms hit a 10-year high last week. Over 17,000 people sought treatment, and 256 classes were suspended. The doom and gloom is not expected to last long though, with a children’s medical doctor saying that infection numbers will peak this month or next month, and that infections will start to taper by the summer vacation.

This child already has a fever, and after instructing the little patient to open wide, the doctor sees what’s hiding inside: multiple ulcers. Parents around Taiwan are worried sick as the number of children infected by enteroviruses climbs. Setting a 10-year high for the period, last week’s 17,895 hospital visits were an 8% increase from the previous week.

Member of public
Just wash your hands more often, and pay more attention to your own body, because there’s nothing you can do once you get infected. There are so many viruses out there right now, so what can we do to protect ourselves?

Tseng Shu-hui
CDC spokesperson
Last week’s numbers hadn’t accounted for 71 new cases of enterovirus infections. There was probably a bit more than 17,000 visists to NHI-contracted hospitals, which is a 10-year high for this period of the year. The figure also exceeded our epidemic threshold.

A bit of math shows worrying statistics: 256 classes have been suspended, which is 30 more than in the past. Accounting for 117 of those classes was Taipei City. A 1-year-old boy in the north who got infected with COVID is showing enterovirus symptoms and has encephalitis. If the enterovirus diagnosis is confirmed, then he’ll be the first case of a patient to be infected by both viruses.

Lee Ping-ing
NTU Children’s Hospital
Enteroviruses don’t have what’s referred to as immunity debt. The virus now is like it was in the past; a wave happens in the early summer, and then once the summer vacation starts in July we’ll start to see the epidemic numbers go down immediately.

Lee Ping-ing said that virus numbers peak between May and June, and the amount of infections slowly starts to decline once the summer break starts. Parents and guardians should seek medical attention immediately if children develop a fever, blisters, or ulcers.

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腸病毒續升溫! 上週1.7萬人就診 創近十年同期新高

2024-05-14

腸病毒疫情持續上升,上週就診人數高達一萬七千多人,比前一週多出8%,也創下近10年來同期最高,停班課班級也多出30班,達到256班,醫師表示,5-6月將是腸病毒高峰,7月開始放暑假才會趨緩!

張大嘴巴都是潰瘍,還發燒,感染腸病毒小朋友越來越多,讓爸媽好擔心,上週就診人數,高達1萬7895人次,比之前週多出8%,也創下近10年來同期最高。

[[民眾]]
“多洗手,然後自己平常自身的部分就多注意,因為感染了也沒有辦法,現在病毒那麼多,要怎麼去做預防”

[[疾病管制署發言人 曾淑慧]]
“上週沒有新增腸病毒的71型個案,健保急門診的就診人次,大概有17000多人,也是近十年來同期的最高點,也超過我們的流行閾值”

算一算,目前停班課達到256班,比之前多出30個班級,其中台北市就佔了117班,北部甚至有一歲男童,罹患新冠病毒,還出現腸病毒症狀,併發腦炎,如果確診腸病毒,將是同時感染兩種病毒的首例。

[[台大兒醫小兒感染科主治醫師 李秉穎]]
“腸病毒它並沒有所謂的免疫負債,它就是像往年一樣,夏天會有一個波出來,到了七月開始放暑假,它疫情馬上就會下降”

醫師表示,5-6月將是腸病毒高峰,暑假開始才會稍微趨緩,如果發現小孩發燒、長水泡、潰瘍最好儘快就醫。

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