Taipei--The current influenza prevalence in Taiwan could last until the end of June, a senior official at the Centers for Disease Control (CDCsaid Wednesday, attributing the situation to changeable weather and frequent holiday travel by the public.
CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (???told the press that flu outbreaks have gradually increased in Taiwan since mid- March.
At present, it is at a "relatively high peak," Chuang said, explaining that although the number of flu infections is higher this year than the previous year, it is lower than in 2015.
According to CDC data, the number of people seeking hospital treatment for influenza-like symptoms was 70,107 in the period from May 21-27, up by 4,669, or 7.1 percent, from the previous week.
Last week, the number of serious flu infection cases increased by 34, five of which involved patients under the age of 18, the data shows.
The data also indicates that most flu infection cases were caused by the A-type strain of the virus, called H3N2.
Since July 1 last year, the number of patients suffering from flu infection and serious complications induced by flu has reached 529, including 62 dead, according to CDC data.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel