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The Health Bureau advises washing your hands following these 5 steps

According to the statistics of the Centers for Disease Control, as of July 11th, there have been 5 confirmed cases of enterovirus infection. According to the Health Bureau of Taichung City Government, as the patients were hospitalized in time and received proper treatment, they have been released by the hospital and are healthy now. However, the epidemic of enterovirus is still at its peak, the bureau calls for personal and the children´s hygiene. It is of vital importance to follow the “five steps -wet, rub, rinse, clean, wipe-“when washing the hands. Also, do outdoor activities to reduce the chance of being infected.

There is another confirmed case of the infection of enterovirus; that was the fifth confirmed case this year. According to the Health Bureau, children are more likely to be infected with the enterovirus. If they show drowsiness, conscious change, fatigue, muscle weakness, myoclonus (gets frightened without reason or experience brief twitching of systemic muscles), continual vomiting, shortness of breath, tachycardia, etc., they must be sent to the major hospitals immediately for proper treatment.

As many children go to day care centers or summer camps during the summer vacation, and these public places are sources of the enterovirus, Director Yung nian Hsu advises that parents should pay attention to their personal hygiene and that of their children. It is recommendable to choose outdoor leisure activities rather than having activities in a crowded indoor space. Also, he advises that everyone avoid contact with those who are infected.

According to the Health Bureau, the enterovirus is highly infectious. It can be spread through fecal-oral transmission, droplets and physical contacts. In order to effectively prevent the enterovirus infection, adults and children alike should follow the five “steps -wet, rub, rinse, clean and wipe-“when washing the hands. Also, it is advised to wash the hands with soap before/after eating, before/after playing, after using the toilet, after wiping the nose and after seeing a doctor.

Contact person: Chief Lin, Health Bureau, Taichung City Government

Contact number: 04-25265394 ext. 3500
  • Data update: 2018-12-13
  • Publish Date: 2016-07-26
  • Source: Health Bureau
  • Hit Count: 239