Number of diarrhea cases over break runs up record
CNATAIPEI--The number of people seeking emergency treatment for diarrhea during this year's Feb. 9-17 Lunar New Year holiday was the highest since 2008, topping 22,000, health authorities said yesterday.
February 20, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
An average of between 14,000 and 19,000 people sought emergency treatment for diarrhea during the Lunar New Year holidays between 2008 and 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) under the Department of Health. Data on such cases were first compiled in 2008.
The number of people seeking emergency treatment for diarrhea on the second day of the Lunar New Year hit a six-year high this year, reaching 3,456, CDC data shows.
The CDC attributed the spike partly to the highly infectious norovirus that is prevalent in winter, which can lead to outbreaks of viral gastroenteritis as people are more likely to come into contact with each another during the holiday period.