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13 people die of flu in two weeks: CDC

ROC Central News Agency

2014/02/11 21:31:49

Taipei, Feb. 11 (CNA) Taiwan reported 256 new flu cases within the last two weeks, including H3N2, H1N1 and type B strains, resulting in 13 fatalities, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Tuesday.

The CDC said the oldest victim was 84 years old, while the youngest, a 3-year-old girl from central Taiwan, died just two days after developing symptoms.

She was also the youngest flu case recorded this year, the CDC said, adding that the other patients who died were around 50 years old and had various underlying conditions.

According to the CDC's flu monitoring data, 16.5 percent of patients who visited hospital emergency rooms between Feb. 2 and Feb. 8 showed flu symptoms and 37.1 percent of those who reported to local clinics tested positive for flu, higher than the number recorded in the week before the Chinese New Year holiday.

The data shows that the majority had contracted H3N2, although the numbers of patients with H1N1 and type B were on the rise.

A total of 803 flu cases with 39 deaths were reported between July last year and this February, compared with 30 fatalities among 330 flu patients during the same period of last year, the CDC said.

(By Chen Ching-fang and Maia Huang)
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