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2019-08-16 | 公共電視

Daycare Center Fined for Hiding Infectious Outbreak|涉隱匿腸病毒病例 北市1托嬰中心挨罰

It is currently enterovirus season. The Taipei City Department of Health recently discovered during inspections that a municipal daycare center had an outbreak of enterovirus at the end of July with seven children getting sick one after another. However, the daycare center only reported two sick children and is therefore suspected of trying to hide the situation. As it is the daycare center's first offense, however, the city will only be fining it NT$3,000 under the Communicable Disease Control Act.

In late July, a number of children at this daycare center off Taipei's Longjiang Road got sick with enterovirus infections. However, the school tried to hide the outbreak from the Department of Health.

Classes were suspended for one week starting (July) 22. There were some suspected cases later on, but we didn't know we were supposed to report suspected cases.

While the center says it did eventually suspend classes and sterilize classrooms, city health inspectors determined that seven of the center's 18 children, who were all under two years old, got sick starting on July 19. The center did not report the outbreak for three days and claimed there were only two cases when it finally did. As it is the center's first offense, it was only fined NT$3,000.

We looked at their staff and health records along with parent contact logs. We discovered there were several cases they did not report.

The department says it is currently enterovirus season and children under five are at high risk. Therefore, parents should make sure their children are maintaining good hygiene and washing their hands often.

Schools and daycare centers are required to report suspected cases of enterovirus and hand, foot, and mouth disease to the authorities within 48 hours. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine of up to NT$15,000.

就是這家位在台北市龍江路巷內的「龍江媽咪托嬰中心」,上個月底傳出有多名幼童、疑似感染腸病毒,卻沒有如實向衛生局通報感染人數,涉嫌隱匿疫情。

龍江媽咪托嬰中心 蔡主任表示:「(7月)22號開始停課一週,然後有的是疑似,就不知道說,疑似要通報。」

托嬰中心表示,事後已採取停班停課、加強室內消毒工作,而衛生局派員稽查後發現,這家托嬰中心共收托18位、0到2歲嬰幼兒,上個月19號起,陸續有7位小朋友出現腸病毒症狀,但托嬰中心拖了三天才通報,而且只通報2位感染,少通報5位,確認業者有隱匿疫情事實,但因考量是初犯,因此依傳染病防治法、開罰3千元。

北市衛生局疾管科專員 余燦華表示:「也比對一下他們的一些出勤的紀錄、健康的紀錄、還有就是家長聯絡簿的紀錄,我們也了解到說,其實他們還有一些的個案,是沒有通報的。」

衛生局表示,現在是腸病毒流行期,尤其5歲以下幼童是高危險群,提醒家長讓孩子保持良好衛生、勤洗手;而公私立學校、幼兒園等機構,若發現有疑似腸病毒手足口症病例時,必須在48小時內、向衛生單位通報,否則最重可處1萬5千元罰鍰。

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