Flu in­fec­tions still re­main at a peak in Tai­wan: CDC

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The preva­lence of in­fluenza has re­mained high in Tai­wan well past the win­ter peak sea­son, the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol (CDC) said Tues­day, as it re­ported that 28 se­ri­ous flu cases were recorded last week.

The an­nual win­ter out­break, which usu­ally lasts from De­cem­ber to March, has sta­bi­lized but re­mains at a peak although it is al­ready April, said Liu Ting-ping, direc­tor of the CDC Epi­demic In­tel­li­gence Cen­ter.

So far this year, there have been 38 deaths among the 272 se­ri­ous in­fluenza cases re­ported, he said.

Last week alone, 28 se­ri­ous cases were recorded, four of which were fa­tal, he said.

All four pa­tients — one fe­male and three males aged 13-90 — died in the last week of March of the H3N2 virus, ac­cord­ing to CDC quar­an­tine physi­cian Lo Yi-chun.

One of the fa­tal cases was a 13-year-old boy in north­ern Tai­wan, who had a his­tory of epilepsy, and died from sus­pected flu-in­duced en­cephali­tis, Lo said.

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