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CDC says college student died from influenza A virus

Staff writer, with CNA

A 21-year-old college student died last month, nine days after being infected with the influenza A virus, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported yesterday.

The CDC said there have been 260 confirmed cases of complications from influenza since July, 245 of which were AH3 flu virus infections.

The number of fatalities has reached 25, the CDC said, adding that none of them had been inoculated against flu viruses.

It said two fatal cases were reported last month, both in the south. They were a 93-year-old in Pingtung County and a male college student in Greater Kaohsiung, it said.

The student, who had a medical history of asthma, developed a cough, high fever and sores all over his body in August, the CDC said.

He died of multiple organ failure on Sept. 7 due to pneumonia complications, the CDC reported.

Tests showed that the patient was infected with the AH3 virus, it added.

CDC Director-General Chou Jih-haw (周志浩) said the distribution of free flu vaccines for specific groups started earlier this month and that as of Monday, 1.88 million shots had been administered.

While the incidence of influenza in Taiwan has not been very high this year, there have been several cases of flu-related pneumonia and death, he said.

Young children and the elderly should be vaccinated as soon as possible, he said, adding that the flu vaccine this year also covers the AH3 strain.

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