Enterovirus at high risk as influenza cases drop: CDC
By Joy Lee ,The China Post
April 16, 2014, 12:04 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The number of influenza cases being reported has gradually decreased while the epidemic period of enterovirus still remains at its peak, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced yesterday.
According to the CDC, the type of influenza that most patients are infected with recently has become type B instead of type A, which is similar to current conditions in China, Hong Kong, Japan, the United States and Canada.
The CDC said that even though the number of influenza cases has been decreasing, a 40-year-old woman with a history of kidney failure recently died from H3N2 influenza.
According to the CDC, 46 confirmed influenza cases were reported last week, including 20 H1N1 influenza cases, 12 H3N2 influenza cases, and 14 type B influenza cases.
As for international influenza activity, the CDC said that the epidemic situations in most countries have passed the peak periods, and most influenza patients in those countries are infected with type B virus.
The CDC said that regardless of the type of influenza, people should use the same measures to protect themselves from being infected with the virus.
Meanwhile, the CDC said that it is the peak period for enterovirus and children under 5 years old have a high risk of being infected by the disease.
According to the CDC, about 362 people visited emergency rooms last week for enterovirus, with the number of enterovirus patients who visited emergency rooms nationwide increasing four weeks in a row.
92 Death from MERS: CDC
The CDC yesterday said that 92 people have died from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and people who plan to visit the Middle East should avoid having contact with camels.
According to the CDC, 228 cases of MERS have been reported to the World Health Organization, and among the reported cases, 92 were fatal.
The CDC said that according to the Qatar Supreme Council of Health, people with underlying health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, respiratory disease, the immunosuppressed and the elderly, should avoid any close animal contact when visiting farms and markets.
According to the CDC, it is expected that the number of MERS cases will increase rapidly soon, so people who plan on visiting the Middle Ease should practice good hygiene and avoid having contact with animals.