With the hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) outbreak reaching alarming levels in China, Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advised parents yesterday against traveling with their children to affected areas in China.
"If it is not necessary, we recommend that parents refrain from visiting areas affected by the epidemic -- especially Guangdong Province -- with young children. If they must, they should be extremely cautious," CDC Deputy Director Chou Chih-hao (周志浩 said.
In Guangdong Province alone, Chou said, the number of cases had already reached about 14,800, with seven reported deaths.
In China, a total of 25,000 infections have been reported, with at least 39 deaths, he said.
The epidemic is most serious in Guangdong, Anhui and Zhejiang provinces.
In Taiwan, 19 new cases of HFMD were recorded last week, bringing the total of confirmed serious cases to 83 this year, with two deaths, Chou said.