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CDC confirms new severe flu cases

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday confirmed five new cases of severe influenza, including one nurse with H3N2 influenza and four with swine flu.

“The (A)H1N1 virus is easily found in our communities today,” CDC spokesman Lin Ting (林頂) told a press conference at the Department of Health yesterday.

He said that Chiayi, Tainan and Pingtung were now the only three areas where the (A)H1N1 virus had not been found.

Lin said that the five flu patients were a 39-year-old man from the Taipei area with kidney and liver disease, a 32-year-old male computer technician in the Taoyuan area, a 32-year-old tour bus driver from the Hualien area and a five-year-old boy from Taichung.

The H3N2 case involved a 20-year-old nurse in Taipei, Lin said. At one point she was in critical condition, but has fully recovered and was released from hospital.

The man from Taipei was in critical condition, he said.

The man, a bachelor who lives with his mother, was hospitalized on July 14 after displaying symptoms of swine flu and was transferred to an intensive care unit last Tuesday, Lin said.

As the man has not traveled abroad in recent months, he likely contracted the virus locally, Lin said, adding that the man’s mother and colleagues were not infected.

The 32-year-old computer technician traveled to Shenzhen and Hong Kong between July 17 and July 19 and began to show symptoms last Wednesday. He was admitted to a local hospital last Thursday. He was transferred to a major hospital for medical treatment on Friday after his condition deteriorated.

The bus driver, Lin said, began to show flu symptoms on July 13 and a fever on July 20. He has been in hospital ever since. The spokesman said the man was recovering, but remained in quarantine.

Lin said the five-year-old began to show symptoms on July 19 and was sent to hospital on July 20. The boy was then moved to intensive care on Saturday after his condition deteriorated. He is now in a coma.

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