Infection hits hospital
A recent infection among the staff of a ward at the Taipei Veterans General Hospital did not affect any patients undergoing treatment, but the source of the infection remains unclear, hospital officials said yesterday. According to Taipei City’s Department of Health, which investigated the incident on Tuesday, 15 medical personnel showed symptoms of coughing and pneumonia caused by the Mycoplasmataceae bacteria. Chen Tien-hsiung (陳天雄), a vice superintendent at the hospital, said that staff began showing symptoms of respiratory illness at the end of last month, with one of them experiencing pulmonary infiltrates. All 15 people infected tested negative for influenza and have since been recovering, Chen said. The 12 patients on the ward were not infected and were moved to other wards, Chen said.
Japan-Taiwan tourism rises
The number of bilateral visits made by tourists from Taiwan and Japan is expected to reach more than 3 million this year as a result of closer relations and the signing of the open-skies agreement last November, said Su Qi-cheng (蘇啟誠), deputy secretary-general of the Association of East Asian Relations under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Taiwan recorded more than 714,570 visits by Japanese travelers in the first half of the year, up 21.46 percent compared with the same period last year, he said. During the same timescale more than 731,370 Taiwanese traveled to Japan, representing an increase of 49.58 percent, Su said. Usually more Taiwanese visit Japan than vice versa, but since last year’s earthquake numbers have fallen. Taiwan received 1.29 million visitors from Japan and 1.14 million visits were made by Taiwanese to Japan in 2010.