Yu-Lun Liu

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BACKGROUND Avian influenza A H6N1 virus is one of the most common viruses isolated from wild and domestic avian species, but human infection with this virus has not been previously reported. We report the clinical presentation, contact, and environmental investigations of a patient infected with this virus, and assess the origin and genetic characteristics(More)
PURPOSE We herein examine whether macrophage inflammatory protein-3alpha (MIP-3alpha) is a biomarker for nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) and whether it is involved in modulating NPC cell functions. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN The study population comprises 275 NPC patients and 250 controls. MIP-3alpha levels in tissues and sera were examined by(More)
We report a parkinsonian phenotype of spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 (SCA3) in three female sibs from one Taiwanese family, found in a genetic analysis of 60 patients from 49 families with familial parkinsonism. Initially, all three patients presented with early onset resting tremor, rigidity, bradykinesia, and good response to levodopa. In the later stages,(More)
Most RGB-D-based research focuses on scene reconstruction, gesture analysis, and simultaneous localization and mapping, but only a few study its impacts on face recognition. A common yet challenging scenario considered in face recognition takes a single 2D face of frontal pose as the gallery and other poses as the probe set. We consider a similar scenario(More)
Dengue is a mosquito-transmitted virus infection that causes epidemics of febrile illness and hemorrhagic fever across the tropics and subtropics worldwide. Annual epidemics are commonly observed, but there is substantial spatiotemporal heterogeneity in intensity. A better understanding of this heterogeneity in dengue transmission could lead to improved(More)
INTRODUCTION Neisseria meningitidis is a leading cause of meningitis and sepsis worldwide. Thus, monitoring the epidemiology of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) is an important public health measure. The National Reference Centre for Meningococci at the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety is operating the laboratory-based surveillance database.(More)
In Austria, a country with a total population of approximately 8.3 million, the published estimates of influenza-associated deaths within the past decade are surprisingly high (up to 6000 deaths per year) when compared to neighbouring countries. The objective of our analysis was to provide reliable estimates of the annual influenza-related deaths in(More)
—The virtual view synthesis reference software offered by the MPEG standard committee adopts the forward warping technique in projecting the depth map from the reference view to the target (virtual) view location. Often, this warping process results in many artifacts, holes and cracks, due to quantization errors and occlusion. In this study, we propose a(More)
Taiwan had been free of indigenous human and animal rabies case since canine rabies was eliminated in 1961. In July 2013, rabies was confirmed among three wild ferret-badgers, prompting public health response to prevent human rabies cases. This descriptive study reports the immediate response to the reemergence of rabies in Taiwan. Response included(More)
Food sold over the internet is an emerging business that also presents a concern with regard to food safety. A nationwide foodborne disease outbreak associated with sandwiches purchased from an online shop in July 2010 is reported. Consumers were telephone interviewed with a structured questionnaire and specimens were collected for etiological examination.(More)