Echovirus Takes Lives of Two More Newborns|又添新生儿肠病毒重症 出生女婴6天死
Two new severe cases of echovirus 11 were confirmed last week. One of the two patients was a newborn baby girl who died six days after birth. The total number of severe cases is now 12. Half of the patients were newborn babies. Starting today, the Centers for Disease Control will start inspecting postnatal centers and hospitals with baby wards all over Taiwan. Two newborns were diagnosed with severe echovirus 11 infections last week. One of the two was a baby girl in eastern Taiwan who was sent to the emergency room four days after birth due to fever and lethargy. She was also unresponsive when her mother tried to feed her. She died two days later. This is the second severe enterovirus death of the year so far. Severe enterovirus infections in newborns can have a mortality rate of 50 percent. Echovirus 11, which we've seen outbreaks of this year, is especially deadly. Peak enterovirus season is already here, with over 11,000 people seeking emergency treatment last week. This is 10 percent higher than the same period last year. Six of the 12 enterovirus with severe complication patients so far this year were newborns. A doctor says newborns may be infected through contact with an infected person before, during or after birth and symptoms usually start one to 14 days after birth. Infections in newborns tend to be more severe due to weaker immunity, and the echovirus mortality rate in newborns is 50 percent. Parents should seek medical attention for any symptoms in newborns because pregnant women can't produce enough antibodies to protect their child through the placenta. The Centers for Disease Control is inspecting the nation's 245 postnatal care centers and 177 hospitals with nurseries to make sure proper preventive measures like handwashing and separation are being taken. Violators face fines of up to NT$150,000 and the suspension of their license.