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Taiwan records 28th flu-related death since July

Taiwan records 28th flu-related death since July

A 69-year-old man from central Taiwan died of flu-related complications earlier this month, the 28th flu-associated death recorded in the country since July, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Tuesday.

The victim, who was a long-time smoker with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, was hospitalized Dec.1 after being diagnosed with pneumonia, the CDC said.

He came down with symptoms of shock and respiratory failure Dec. 7 and was admitted to a hospital intensive care unit. The patient died Dec.11, the CDC said.

Tests determined that the man was infected with the influenza A (H1N1)virus and he had not been vaccinated against flu this year, according to the CDC.

CDC statistics show that as of Dec. 21, 115,050 doses of government-funded flu vaccine (106,460 doses for adults and 8,590 for children) were still available, and the CDC urged individuals eligible for the free vaccination program to get vaccinated as soon as possible. (By Chen Wei-ting and Y.F. Low)

Updated : 2021-09-24 12:18 GMT+08:00