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

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


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





[[疾病管制署發言人 曾淑慧]]


[[台大兒醫小兒感染科主治醫師 李秉穎]]



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