Flu outbreak peaks during Lunar New Year holiday

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/02/12
By Elizabeth Hsu

Taipei, Feb. 12 (CNA) The influenza outbreak climbed to its peak in Taiwan

CNA file photo

CNA file photo

during the ongoing Lunar New Year holiday, with the number of flu-related emergency room visits reaching 10,200 on Feb. 9, the day following Lunar New Year’s Day, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said in a statement Friday.

The daily outbreak, however, has since declined to around 5,000 cases by Thursday, close to the level before the beginning of the nine-day traditional holiday on Feb. 6, the CDC statement said.

According to data compiled by the CDC, from Feb. 6-11, a total of 43 new severe flu cases were confirmed, down from the 76 confirmed severe flu cases, including three deaths, reported between Feb. 2-5.

The Feb. 6-11 figure was also lower than the average of 60 severe flu cases per week before the Lunar New Year holiday, the CDC data shows.     [FULL  STORY]

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