A newborn baby boy has died yesterday evening due to severe enterovirus infection, according to the Centres for Disease Control.
Summer is often the enterovirus season in the nation, CDC officials said. It has taken two lives so far this year, the first of which happened on June 5, claiming the life of a baby girl only days after her birth.
The baby boy from Xindian, New Taipei City, developed heart and lung failures soon after his birth on May 27, which was then identified as enterovirus coxsackie A16 virus infection. He died yesterday after several emergency treatment, according to Chen Hsiao-yen, official of the New Taipei City Department of Health.
Enterovirus is an extremely contagious type of RNA virus, which transmits directly and indirectly from person to person. One may be infected by consuming an infected person's water or food. The virus can also be transmitted through the air and from mother to infant during pregnancy. Infants and young children are hit hardest, however, adults are affected as well, Chen said. The average incubation period is from 3 to 10 days.
According to the CDC, infection can result in a wide variety of symptoms ranging from mild respiratory illness or just flu-like symptoms, runny and stuffy nose, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, ear pain, congestion, difficulty in swallowing, loss of smell or taste, sudden weight loss due to significant stomach problems, or weight gain due to inactivity, as well as bone and muscle pain.
Infants Most Prone to Infection
Chen reminded parents to be attentive to children's health conditions, especially those under the age of five, and to seek medical advice immediately if children present with symptoms.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW) urged that parents take their children to hospitals specialised in enterovirus treatment, include Far Eastern Memorial Hospital, Cardinal Tien Hospital Xindian Branch and Yonghe Branch, Sijhih Cathay General Hospital , Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital Taipei Branch, MacKay Memorial Hospital, Tamsui Branch, En Chu Kong Hospital, Shuang Ho Hospital and Taipei Hospital.