Death toll from seasonal influenza continues to rise: CDC

02/18/2020 06:19 PM
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Taipei, Feb. 18 (CNA) Fifteen people died of seasonal influenza in Taiwan last week, bringing the death toll since last October to 90, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Tuesday.

The youngest victim was a 30-year-old woman from northern Taiwan, who died at the hospital after she started showing flu symptoms, CDC physician Lin Yung-ching (林詠青) said in a weekly report.

The patient did not seek treatment when she developed a fever in mid-January, and was only rushed to a hospital emergency room two days later by family members when she collapsed unconscious at home, according to Lin.

The woman, who did not have a prior history of chronic illnesses, died that same day from complications of myocarditis caused by the Type A H1N1 virus, Lin said.

None of the 15 individuals who died last week had been vaccinated, while 14 of them had chronic diseases.

According to CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center Deputy Director Guo Hung-wei (郭宏偉), from Feb. 9 to Feb. 15, a total of 60,704 people sought medical treatment for flu-like symptoms at hospitals and clinics around the country, a decrease of 27.6 percent from the previous week.

Among the patients, 36 people were suffering from severe complications associated with the flu. Of the cases, 58.8 percent were diagnosed with flu Type A H1N1 virus, CDC statistics showed.

As of Feb. 6, there were 165,000 doses of government-subsidized flu vaccines still available, said CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥).

(By Chen Wei-ting and Ko Lin)

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