Taipei--The number of influenza cases in Taiwan has been dropping and the peak season is expected to end by the middle of August, the Centers for Disease Control said Tuesday.
Last week, the number of flu patients in the country fell 15.1 percent to 16,506, declining for the fourth consecutive week, CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (???) said.
Of the 55 serious flu cases with complications recorded last week, 14 were fatal, according to CDC physician Cheng Hao-yuan (???).
The patients who died had not been vaccinated against influenza and 13 of them had a history of chronic disease, he said.
To help mitigate the effects of flu, the CDC will expand the supply of free antiviral drugs to include relatives, co-workers and classmates of confirmed flu patients until Aug. 15, Cheng said.
The government-funded antiviral medication is carried at more than 3,000 contracted healthcare facilities across the country, he said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel