New patients with flu-like symptoms fall 17.4%: CDC data

2017/08/09 15:36:40
Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥, right)

Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥, right)

Taipei, Aug. 9 (CNA) The number of new patients seeking medical treatment for influenza-like symptoms dropped 17.4 percent last week, indicating the flu season is coming to an end, a senior official at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Wednesday.

The number of new flu-like infection cases fell to 75,127 in the July 30-Aug. 5 period from 90,917 the previous week, said CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥), citing the latest statistics compiled by the agency.

Last week 59 patients were confirmed as having contracted severe flu complications, the same as the previous week, statistics show.

In addition, 14 patients with flu symptoms -- aged 41 and over -- died of severe complications last week. All had suffered from chronic illnesses before contracting flu, 13 had not received a flu vaccination and most had the H3N2 virus, according to data.

Since July 1, 2016, the CDC has recorded 1,308 case of severe flu infection, 149 of which were fatal.

Chuang said that despite the lower incidence of infection people were still becoming very sick because of flu-related complications, but the number of new cases is decreasing.

"The flu outbreak is declining. The epidemic season is expected to pass by the middle of August," said the official.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Elizabeth Hsu)
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