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New patients with flu-like symptoms fall 15%: CDC data

2018/02/06 20:49:46

Liu Ting-ping (劉定萍)

Taipei, Feb. 6 (CNA) The number of new patients seeking medical treatment for influenza-like symptoms dropped 15 percent last week, a senior official at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Tuesday.

In the week that ended Feb. 3, a total of 115,626 people sought outpatient and emergency treatment for flu-like symptoms at hospitals and clinics throughout the country, down 15 percent from the previous week, said Liu Ting-ping (劉定萍), director of the CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center.

During this period, 53 patients developed serious complications from flu infections, Liu said.

Among them, five males and four females died of severe complications, Liu said.

All were infected with the most prevalent B type flu virus, CDC physician Lin Yung-ching (林詠青) said, adding that all the victims had a history of chronic disease and had not been vaccinated against flu.

Since October last year, 314 serious cases of flu have been reported in Taiwan, 49 of which have resulted in death, according to CDC statistics.

Lin urged patients suffering from chronic illnesses and those who have not been vaccinated to be attentive of their health amid the flu season.

Those experiencing symptoms of chest pains and shortness of breath are advised to seek immediate medical attention, he added.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Ko Lin)