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Taiwan records first H1N1 cluster involving hospital staff

Taiwan records first H1N1 cluster involving hospital staff

Taipei, Aug. 5 (CNA) The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Wednesday reported five more clusters of influenza A (H1N1) infections, including the first case affecting hospital staff.
The CDC has ruled out the possibility that the victims contracted the new swine flu strain within hospital premises, CDC Deputy Director-General Lin Ting said.
All of the victims in the case were workers in the hospital's research division, who could have been infected while taking part in a conference held outside the hospital, Lin said.
The other four clusters occurred in local schools, affecting a total of 80 to 90 students, he said.
The CDC estimated that the number of influenza A (H1N1) infections in local communities is increasing at a rate of 4,000 per week, four times faster than four to five weeks ago.
The rapid spread of the virus is reflected in the frequent occurrence of infection clusters in local schools, CDC officials said.
Also Wednesday, Mingtao High School in Wurih Township, Taichung County decided to suspend classes for seven days, after five students in a class were confirmed to have been infected with the H1N1 strain of the influenza A virus.
(By Y.F. Low)