The recent hot and humid weather has increased the number of enterovirus cases, with the Taoyuan City Health Bureau reporting 1,394 emergency room cases between June 25 and July 1, an increase of 23 cases from the previous week.
This was the third consecutive week in which hospitals in the city admitted more than 990 cases of enterovirus.
Last month a one-year-old boy was admitted to the hospital with a 39-degree fever and the Coxsackie A6 strain of the virus, commonly associated with human hand, foot and mouth disease. Officials said that the quick response by the parents to bring him to the hospital helped the boy recover.
The health bureau reminds parents that enterovirus most often affects children under the age of five. The bureau recommends that if parents notice their children are often drowsy or weak, suffer bouts of vomiting, or experience shortness of breath or a rapid heartbeat, they should seek immediate medical attention.