Flu infections still remain at a peak in Taiwan: CDC
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.