CHINA : Taipei, March 8 (CNA) Taiwan recorded 314 new cases of severe flu with complications last week, 37 of which resulted in deaths, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Tuesday.
Since July last year — the starting point for each flu season in Taiwan — 1,423 severe flu cases have been reported in Taiwan, and 121 of them have been fatal, the CDC said.
Influenza A H1N1 remains the most prevalent strain of virus this year, but influenza B cases are also increasing, according to the CDC.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that from the 1976-1977 season to the 2006-2007 flu season, flu-associated deaths ranged from about 3,000 to 49,000 people per year in America.
Using the same methodology, the CDC has estimated that about 1,000 to 2,200 people die from flu-related complications in Taiwan during every flu season.
The CDC predicted that the number of severe flu cases for this season will reach 1,800 to 1,900 by the end of this month, with 230 to 290 people having died from flu complications.