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Volume 9, Number 3—March 2003

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Enterovirus 71 Outbreaks, Taiwan: Occurrence and Recognition

Tzou-Yien Lin†, Shiing-Jer Twu‡, Mei-Shang Ho, Luan-Yin ChangComments to Author , and Chin-Yun Lee¶
Author affiliations: Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan; †Chang Gung Children’s Hospital, Taoyuan, Taiwan,; ‡Ministry of Health, Taiwan; §Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan; ¶National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan

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Number of confirmed severe/fatal enterovirus infections and viral isolation results from patients with fatal cases, Taiwan, 1998–2000a

Case/enterovirus serotype 1998 1999 2000 2001
Severe cases 405 35 291 389
Fatal cases 78 9 41 55
Enterovirus 71 34 1 25 26
Coxsackievirus B3 0 3 1 0
Echovirus 4 0 0 0 3
Other enteroviruses 3 4 12 7
Negative 31 1 3 13
Specimens not available 10 0 0 6

aData provided by the Center for Disease Control, Ministry of Health, Taiwan (1998–2001).

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