Flu outbreak in Taiwan appears to be slowing down: CDC

Taipei-The number of reported influenza cases in Taiwan has been increasing at a slower rate but there were six flu-related deaths last week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Tuesday.

In the week ending Jan. 13, some 101,367 people sought outpatient and emergency treatment for flu-like symptoms at hospitals and clinics throughout the country, an increase of only three from the previous week, said Liu Ting-ping (???), director of the CDC Epidemic Intelligence Center.

However, six people in the 48-85 age range died of pneumonia last week after contracting the flu, five of whom were infected with the most prevalent B type virus, and the other with the A type virus, Liu said.

Five of the six patients had a history of chronic disease and had not been vaccinated against the flu, he said.

In total, 41 patients last week developed serious complications from flu infections, Liu said.

Since October last year, 160 serious cases of flu have been reported in Taiwan, 17 of which have resulted in death, CDC statistics show.

Over the past month, there have been 37 cluster infections in Taiwan, 25 of them in schools, according to CDC statistics.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel