Wed, Jan 11, 2012 - Page 2 News List

Two more people die of flu

Staff Writer, with CNA

Two more people have died from flu complications, disease control authorities reported yesterday, raising the total number of flu-related deaths in the country to 20 since last July.

The two most recent victims were New Taipei City (新北市) residents aged 58 and 71. They died of septic shock and multi-organ failure respectively, after developing pneumonia from type B flu, the Centers for Disease Control said.

Neither were vaccinated against the flu and both had diabetes. They died within two weeks after first coming down with flu symptoms.

The two victims were among 16 adults, all more than 50 years of age, who have died of flu complications since July 1, when the current flu season officially began.

The four children who have succumbed to flu complications were three to 12 years old.

A total of 442 severe flu cases — where people develop complications — have been reported since July 1, officials said.

The incidence of severe flu cases and flu-related deaths during the current flu season as of Monday is half that recorded over the same period in the previous season.

From July 1, 2010 to early January last year, 76 people died from flu-related complications and 748 severe flu cases were recorded.

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