Tainan sees dengue fatality
A 73-year-old man in Tainan died of dengue fever, the first death reported in the nation this summer due to the mosquito-borne disease, health officials said yesterday. The man, who had a history of diabetes, high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease, died on Monday, three days after developing dengue symptoms, officials said. His wife and son were infected at about the same time, accounting for three out of four confirmed cases in the neighborhood, Tainan Department of Health Director Lin Sheng-che (林聖哲) said. According to the Centers for Disease Control, as of Tuesday there had been 775 indigenous dengue fever cases this year, the highest figure since 2010. Dengue fever is an infectious tropical disease spread by mosquitoes. In a small proportion of cases, the disease can develop into hemorrhagic dengue fever, which can be fatal.
COA targets young farmers
The Council of Agriculture (COA) said it is planning to introduce 30,000 young workers into the agricultural sector over a 10-year period to deal with the problem of dwindling agricultural production and an aging population in the sector. The council said it is important to bring younger people into agriculture as way of dealing with issues such as declining production, aging agricultural workers and a lack of efficiency on small farms. As part of a project to create a better farming environment, the council said, it will seek to attract greater interest in agriculture to bring the young farmers into the sector. Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) said the council should also plan to create specific markets for different agricultural products and devise strategies for the development of those sub-sectors.
DOING ENOUGH? The HPA budgets NT$1.3 billion to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but has no separate budget to fight teen drinking, a doctor said The government should step up alcohol education and prevention efforts, and allocate more of the budget to it, doctors said on Friday, citing the high consumption of alcohol among Taiwanese adolescents. One out of four 12-to-17-year-olds has consumed alcohol, said Yen Tsung-hai (顏宗海), director of Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital’s Department of Clinical Toxicology. The Health Promotion Administration (HPA) budgets NT$1.3 billion (US$43.9 million) annually to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but it has not allocated a separate budget for preventing teenage drinking or excessive alcohol use, Yen said. “There is no so-called ‘safe drinking level’ for minors,” because any amount consumed
The Fancy Frontier manga and anime expo held in Taipei over the weekend has sparked controversy, after a participant allegedly contravened the Act on Offenses Against Sexual Morality (妨害風化罪) by publicly exposing her private parts during a photo shoot. The two-day event opened at the Expo Dome at the Taipei Expo Park on Saturday, attracting numerous comic and anime creators, cosplayers, photographers and fans. Allegedly, a female cosplayer who was not wearing any underwear lifted up her skirt and revealed her private parts at an outdoor photography area near the venue. Event organizers said yesterday that to prevent indecent exposure, they have since
YOUNGEST PATIENT: Cases of botulism have been only sporadically reported over the past few years, with two in 2015, six in 2016 and none in the past three years The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday reported the nation’s first case of infant botulism this year, a four-month-old boy in northern Taiwan, as well as five new cases of Japanese encephalitis confirmed last week. The boy was introduced to homemade solid food in the middle of last month, but began to experience constipation and loss of appetite on June 23, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center Deputy Director Guo Hung-wei (郭宏偉) said, adding that he was taken to the hospital when he developed a fever and shortness of breath on June 25. In the hospital, the boy also experienced a rapid heartbeat, limb
The National Taiwan Museum’s Railway Department Park in Taipei is to open to the public today. The park in Datong District (大同) near the North Gate (北門, Beimen) is one of the museum’s four branches. During the Japanese colonial era, the site housed the railway department of the Office of the Governor-General of Taiwan’s Bureau of Transportation. After World War II, it served as the headquarters for the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) for several decades. In 2007, it was listed as a national monument under the Cultural Heritage Preservation Act (文化資產保存法). At an opening ceremony yesterday, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung