Dengue case confirmed
Another case of indigenous dengue fever has been confirmed in Tainan, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said yesterday. The patient, a man in his 50s from Annan District (安南), has not traveled abroad recently, it said. As the man has other health problems, he was only diagnosed with dengue after two screenings and multiple hospital visits, CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said. As of Tuesday, there have been 66 confirmed cases of indigenous dengue fever this year: 48 in Kaohsiung, 17 in Tainan and one in Taoyuan, CDC data showed. There were also 288 confirmed imported cases, the highest number in 10 years, the data showed.
Taiwanese vessel released
A Taiwanese vessel detained on Tuesday by Indonesian authorities was yesterday released after no forbidden items were found on the ship, the Fisheries Agency said. The cargo ship Yung Man Shun has left the Batam Naval Base, where the ship and its 21 crewmembers had been detained for a day, agency Deputy Director-General Lin Kuo-ping (林國平) said, adding that it is scheduled to arrive in Kaohsiung in five or six days. The Kaohsiung-registered vessel was detained for not turning on its automatic identification system (AIS) and having a man onboard who is not on its crew list while in Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone, an Indonesian naval officer identified as Fajar said. Explaining the reason for the ship’s release, Fajar said the Taiwanese vessel simply “forgot” to turn on its AIS. A Turkish man who was not on the crew list showed his crew ID to the inspectors.
Quakes hit Taipei, Hualien
A magnitude 3.2 earthquake shook the Taipei area early yesterday morning, while another small quake hit eastern Taiwan about eight hours later, Central Weather Bureau data showed. The Taipei quake was rather unusual, because most of the temblors in and around the nation recorded by the bureau occur along the east coast and in the southwest. Yesterday’s temblor occurred at 1am in Beitou District (北投), about 14.9km north of Taipei City Hall, and struck at a depth of only 5 km, the Seismology Center said, adding that no damage was reported. Its highest intensity — at 3 on a 7-tiered scale — was recorded on Yangmingshan. Meanwhile, the magnitude 3.3 earthquake in eastern Taiwan, which occurred at 9:38am, was centered 33km south of the Hualien County Office in Hualien City and was the 10th to hit that general area since the beginning of the month. Its highest intensity was recorded in Jiqi Village (磯崎), with an intensity level of 4.
Alishan accepting weddings
Applications for this year’s wedding ceremonies under the Sacred Tree on Alishan began yesterday, which will allow 15 couples to tie the knot in the romantic setting, the Alishan National Scenic Area Administration said. Under the more than 2,000-year-old divine tree, nine couples from Taiwan and six from abroad will be able to hold their wedding ceremonies on Oct. 19 or 20, it said. Over the past 13 years, more than 200 couples have exchanged their vows under the tree, it said. Newlyweds can also join a series of activities, such as preparing handmade snacks and meals and attending a traditional Tsou wedding ceremony, Tourism Bureau Deputy Director-General Chou Ting-chang (周廷彰) said.
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
DREAMING OF TRAVEL: About 7,000 people applied for the experience, with about 60 chosen for the first flight yesterday, which includes boarding an airplane Starved of the travel experience during COVID-19? Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) has the solution — a fake itinerary where you check in, go through passport control and security, and even board the aircraft. You just never leave. The airport yesterday began offering travelers the chance to do just that, with about 60 people eager to get going, albeit to nowhere. About 7,000 people applied to take part, with the winners chosen by random. More fake flight experiences are to take place in the coming weeks. “I really want to leave the country, but because of the pandemic, lots of flights cannot fly,”
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