Four EV71 cases detected
The Department of Health yesterday confirmed four new severe cases of enterovirus 71 (EV71) infections, bringing the total number of reported cases to 34 this year. The four are a two-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy in northern Taiwan, a two-year-old boy in central Taiwan and a nine-month-old boy in the south. The department said the four children developed symptoms of fever, rashes, oral ulcers and a series of complications from late last month. The three boys had fully recovered, but the girl remains hospitalized. The number of people infected with enterovirus has increased significantly in the past two weeks, Centers for Disease Control Deputy Director-General Chou Jih-haw (周志浩) said. The department has formed a task force to deal with the disease during the peak season, and asked kindergartens and schools to provide clean environments, report cases and suspend classes to reduce outbreaks and the risk of infection among children.
More visitors to Philippines
Taiwan was the fifth-largest source of foreign tourists to the Philippines in the first quarter, Philippine Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez said on Monday. The number of tourist visits from Taiwan to the Philippines in the first three months of the year rose 37 percent from a year earlier to 57,745, Jimenez said, outpacing the 16 percent growth in the country’s total tourist arrivals. Jimenez said most of the Taiwanese tourists headed directly to Boracay, an island south of Manila with a fine white sand beach. The Philippines and Taiwan are in talks to give Taiwanese visa-free treatment, which will surely encourage more Taiwanese to visit the Southeast Asian country, Representative to the Philippines Raymond Wang (王樂生) said.