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Severe flu cases hit new high: Epidemic starting to abate
流感重症再創紀錄高峰 疫情將漸趨緩

A child receives a flu jab in New Taipei City on Feb. 13.

Photo: Lai Hsiao-tung, Liberty Times

Although the flu epidemic is already gradually abating, there were still 79 new cases of severe complicated influenza last week, chalking up a new high for a single week this flu season. Of these new cases, 64 had not received a flu vaccine this year. In addition, with the 11 deaths due to influenza in people aged from 44 to 94, all had influenza B, nine had a history of chronic disease and seven had failed to receive their flu jab this year.

The flu remains at its peak, but there are indications it is starting to abate. Last week’s new cases of severe flu are possibly due to people falling seriously ill after contracting flu during the Lunar New Year break.

The Centers for Disease Control caution that members of the public should not disregard the seriousness of influenza. The recent large temperature fluctuations have not helped and, with students returning to school for the new semester the increase in interaction makes it easier for the virus to be transmitted. People should take care to wash their hands, observe proper etiquette when coughing and stay at home and rest if they come down with flu, to avoid the risk of passing the virus on.

(CNA, translated by Paul Cooper)






abate v. 趨緩 (qu1 huan3)

vaccine n.疫苗 (yi4 miao2)

chronic disease phr. 慢性病 (man4 xing4 bing4)

etiquette n.禮節 (li3 jie2)

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