Taipei, A Taipei hospital's community health care home in which five people were confirmed to have been infected with type-A influenza virus said on Friday that the cluster infection has been contained.
The patients are now recovering, said Chen Shu-ting head of the Medical Affairs Office of the Renai branch of Taipei City Hospital.
A total of six of the patients who live at the health care home developed flu-like symptoms from March 2 to 7, Chen said.
Following flu antigen detection tests, five were later confirmed as having developed type-A flu, suggesting a cluster infection, she said.
Symptoms of the disease can include a fever, cough, sore throat and muscle pain.
According to the office head, the health care home currently houses 75 people 34 patients, 26 members of the health care home's staff, and 15 others who reside there to take care of their patients.
The facility has since been disinfected following the flu outbreak, Chen said, and she warned friends and family members who come to visit their relatives at the community home to wear surgical masks and sanitize their hands to prevent passing on the flu to others.
Chen said the cluster infection may have been caused by a visit to the hospital by a family member of a patient or other visitors who had been infected with the virus.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel