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COVID-19 patients in Taiwan with symptoms of diarrhea have increased: CECC

CECC advisory specialist panel convener Chang Shan- chwen (張上淳) said there has been an increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 infected patients who have had diarrhea.

"There have been cases where there was only diarrhea, while there have also been cases where there were a number of symptoms, such as a fever and cough, but only diarrhea remained after the others disappeared," he said.

Before March 31, diarrhea symptoms were seen in 19 of the 322 confirmed cases, which accounts for about six percent of cases, Chang said, adding that about half of all patients have displayed fever and coughing.

However, from April 1-3, five cases out of 26 experienced diarrhea, which represents 19 percent, Chang said.

Therefore anyone with unexplained diarrhea in addition to overseas travel or contact history will be asked to seek medical attention and testing, Chang added.

On Monday, Taiwan confirmed 10 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 373 since the pandemic began late last year, according to the CECC statistics. (By CNA)


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