Two February H1N1 flu deaths reported in Taiwan

The Taiwanese Centers for Disease Control said on Tuesday that the H1N1 influenza strain killed two people in Taiwan in February and that the number of overall cases grew due to Chinese New Year travel.

There were 365 cases of influenza during the recent flu season in Taiwan, resulting in 29 deaths. Twenty-six of the deaths were the result of the H3N2 virus strain, while three resulted from H1N1, the China Post reports.

The first H1N1 victim was a 48-year-old man who reported flu-like symptoms of pain, soreness and fever on January 19. He did not seek medical attention until January 24 and died on February 5.

The second victim was a 38-year-old woman who became feverish and felt discomfort on February 14. She was rushed to the emergency room on February 18, at which time she was resuscitated. She died on February 21.

The victims were not vaccinated against influenza and the delay in seeking medical attention resulted in their deaths, according to the China Post.

Medical records released by clinics and hospitals show that the rate of diagnosed cases of influenza is back at the pre-holiday norm, but the number of severely afflicted patients is at the season's all-time high. There are currently 35 patients with severe flu in hospital care.

The CDC urged the public to seek medical attention at the onset of symptoms, such as coughing, fever, muscle and joint soreness and pain, the China Post reports.