Since April 2022, Taiwan has unexpectedly encountered a unique medical challenge: childhood encephalitis on its way to "coexist" with the COVID-19 (severe special infectious pneumonia, new coronary pneumonia, Wuhan pneumonia) epidemic. As the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus ravaged the world, outbreaks of encephalitis in children were almost unheard of. Currently, only Japan and Hong Kong have sporadic cases. However, in Taiwan, according to statistics, as of June 21, a total of 18 children have died from the disease in this wave of COVID-19 variants, and 5 of them had symptoms of encephalitis. And, among children under the age of 12, 21 out of 65 severely ill with COVID-19 developed symptoms of encephalitis.
According to the analysis of Taiwanese media "Reporter", among the sick children diagnosed by Omicron in Taiwan, the proportion of patients with encephalitis Company banner design symptoms is almost 1 in 10,000, which is not low. While observing this trend, Professor He Meixiang of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (Biomedical Research Institute), Academia Sinica, Taiwan, posted on his personal Facebook in early June that so far, only Taiwan and Hong Kong have reported that children have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and complicated by COVID-19. There are few reports of encephalitis in other places (although it cannot be ruled out that there is also encephalitis in children in other places).
She therefore suggested anatomical analysis of these cases to achieve preventive effects: "Although Taiwan is at the tail end of the global epidemic, it has experienced an unprecedented problem, which is the high mortality rate associated with severe encephalitis in children. " Dr. Ho believes that Taiwan's medical community has an obligation to study these deadly cases. In the face of more and more parents' panic, Taiwan's Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shizhong urgently approved the "Gene Susceptibility Study of Novel Coronavirus Complicated with Nervous System Complications in Taiwanese Children" on June 7. Hosted by Dr. Zou Yan, it aims to study the relationship between COVID-19 and childhood encephalitis.