19 die from flu in Taiwan since July: CDC

Taiwan has recorded 194 cases of severe flu with complications since July, 19 of which resulted in deaths, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Friday.

Of the 194 patients, 133 were 65 or older; 43 were in the 50-64 age group; 10 were in the 25-49 age group; six were aged between 7 and 18; and two were aged between 3 and 6, the CDC said.

During the same period last year, there were 160 cases of severe flu with complications, including 31 that were fatal, according to the CDC.

Chiu Ming-huang (邱銘煌), chief of respiratory and chest medicine at Cathay General Hospital, advised flu patients to seek medical attention immediately if they develop symptoms such as gasping, shortness of breath, hypoxia, thick sputum, loss of consciousness and low blood pressure.

Chiu said that in February, a 27-year-old flu patient was admitted into his hospital with severe pneumonia, myocarditis and pneumothorax.

The woman, who had never received a flu vaccination, stayed in a coma for more than 40 days and was treated with extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation before recovering, he said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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