The number of flu cases in Taiwan continues to increase as the peak period approaches, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Tuesday, reporting three new deaths from flu complications.
According to the CDC, 19 new cases of severe complicated influenza were confirmed last week, the highest weekly number since July.
The annual flu season in Taiwan started earlier this year and has not yet reached its peak, said Liu Ting-ping (???), director of the CDC's Epidemic Intelligence Center, noting that the season usually starts in December.
The number of patients that visited hospitals and clinics last week with flu symptoms was 59,488, an increase of more than 5,000 from the previous week, the CDC said.
It said the Influenza A H3N2 virus remained the most prevalent strain this season.
In the period Oct. 24 to Nov.3, 19 people, aged 36-78, developed serious complications from influenza A and three of them died from pulmonary complications, the CDC said.
It said 95 percent of the patients had a history of chronic diseases and two of them had received flu vaccines.
The three people who died had contracted a B-type flu virus, H3N2, and N1, respectively, according to Dr. Lin Yung-ching (???) of the CDC.
He said all three patients had a history of chronic diseases and none of them had received a flu vaccine.
A flu shot is the most effective way to avoid the virus, the CDC said, calling for people in high-risk groups, such infants and children, chronic disease patients, pregnant women, and over-65 seniors to get the vaccine as soon as possible.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel