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Imported hepatitis A infection cases in Taiwan hit 5-year high
Central News Agency
2014-06-22 09:25 PM
Taipei, June 22 (CNA) The number of imported cases of acute hepatitis A infection has increased to 29 in Taiwan so far this year, the highest level since 2009, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The imported cases include three clusters of infections, mostly people who had traveled to Southeast Asian countries, the CDC said, noting that the imported cases over the past five years numbered 19 in 2013, seven in 2012, 11 in 2011, nine in 2010 and 11 in 2009. CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang noted that hepatitis A is prevalent in areas with bad hygiene, such as some places in China, some Southeast Asian countries and various African countries. The disease is spread through tainted food and water, with an incubation period of 15-20 days, he said. Symptoms of acute hepatitis A infection include fever, fatigue, vomiting and the development of jaundice -- a yellowish pigmentation of the skin -- CDC quarantine physician Lo I-chun said. The fatality rate of hepatitis A is not high, standing at around one in 1,000, Lo said. However, patients require hospital care and liver function treatment, he added. So far this year, there have been 26 reported indigenous cases. (By Lung Pei-ning and Elizabeth Hsu)
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