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March 28, 2017

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Taiwan records 46th H1N1 death since '09

TAIPEI -- A 37-year-old man died of influenza A (H1N1) three days ago, bringing the number of H1N1 deaths in Taiwan to 46 since the outbreak of the virus early last year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said yesterday.

The latest H1N1 fatality was also the third in ten days, following the deaths of a 21-year-old female university student and a 24-year-old man, CDC Deputy Director-General Chou Chih-hao said.

In the most recent case, the patient developed flu symptoms early this month but did not seek medical attention until July 19, Chou said. After the patient's condition began to worsen on July 23, he was transferred to the intensive care unit of a hospital where he died three days later, Chou said. The man had no record of chronic disease, he added.

Of the six persons who had come into close contact with the patient, one has developed flu symptoms and is seeking medical treatment, according to Chou.

Except for one 17-year-old patient, none of the 46 people who died of H1N1 in Taiwan had been vaccinated against the virus.

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