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Case of severe enterovirus infection confirmed: CDC

TAIPEI -- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Thursday reported the year's first severe complications arising from enterovirus infection and urged better personal hygiene to prevent the spread of disease.

A nine-month-old baby girl has been confirmed infected with coxsackievirus A2, the CDC said. Her condition has stabilized since she began showing symptoms of infection in late April.

Coxsackie A virus is currently the dominant strain of enterovirus circulating around Taiwan, according to CDC data. It is a cause of hand, food and mouth disease and skin rashes.

In 2013, a total of 12 cases of enterovirus infection with serious complications were confirmed, according to the data.

The CDC warned that infants and children under five are at an increased risk of enterovirus infection and its complications.

Children showing symptoms such as a persistent fever, drowsiness, inactivity or continuous vomiting should be taken to a doctor to check for the virus, the CDC advised.

It encouraged good personal hygiene habits over the coming weeks, when enterovirus is expected to become more prevalent in Taiwan.

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