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Respiratory virus outbreak in Changhua said to be in check

TAIPEI-- No more respiratory tract infections in infants have been reported at a postpartum care center in Changhua County since steps were taken to stem the outbreak of a respiratory virus, authorities said Sunday.

The postpartum care unit at Changhua Christian Hospital has been thoroughly sterilized and the unit has quarantined 10 of the 16 infants and three medical workers who tested positive for the virus to keep it from spreading, the county's Public Health Bureau said.

The six other infants who tested positive and had more serious infections were sent to the hospital's pediatrics division.

A run of infant infections were reported at the center late last month, prompting the tests and the quarantine of those infected.

Changhua Christian Hospital said it stopped taking in newborns from other hospitals starting on Aug. 13 and stressed it would only reopen the postpartum care center to new cases if no new infections emerge in the next 10 days.

The virus has been described as a respiratory syncytial virus, a major cause of lower respiratory tract infections during infancy and childhood.

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