Lab tests show adenovirus infections topped influenza cases last week: CDC

HOSPITAL VISITS: There were 69,393 visits for flu-like symptoms, but adenoviruses accounted for 40.5 percent of them, while flu viruses accounted for 35.1 percent

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 13, 2019
By: Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

Adenovirus infections, which can cause respiratory illnesses, exceeded influenza cases last week, and adenovirus infections might enter a peak period this month, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said yesterday.

There were 69,393 hospital visits last week for flu-like symptoms, below the flu epidemic threshold, the agency said.

However, among the examined respiratory tract samples with positive results, adenoviruses accounted for 40.5 percent, while flu viruses were 35.1 percent, CDC Deputy Director-General Philip Lo (羅一鈞) said at a Taipei news conference.

Adenoviruses previously accounted for less than 20 percent of the examined samples, but the percentage has been increasing over the past three weeks, Lo said.    [FULL  STORY]

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