Taipei--A significant increase in the number of flu-like cases has been detected in Taipei over the past month, possibly due to the changeable weather of recent weeks, the city's Department of Health said Friday.
During the four weeks from May 14 to June 10, the number of people seeking outpatient or emergency treatment in Taipei for flu-like illnesses averaged 6,956 per week, up 62 percent from the same period of last year, when an average of 4,288 people were recorded, the department said.
The number of students presenting with flu-like symptoms averaged 515 per week, which was 8.4 times higher than last year, when there were only 55 cases per week on average, according to the department.
So far this year, 18 people in the city have been diagnosed with severe complicated influenza, of which 17 had not received flu vaccinations, the department said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel