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Number of seasonal flu cases on the rise: CDC

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The number of flu patients in Taiwan has increased recently with the spread of seasonal flu, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said.

The CDC's weekly flu monitoring data showed that in the 52nd week (Dec. 22-28) of 2013, the number of flu cases continued to climb, with the most common virus the H3N2 flu, and sporadic cases of H1N1 and influenza Type B.

The number of outpatient visitors also rose.

Both H1N1, also known as swine flu, and H3N2 are type A influenzas.

Chou Jih-haw, the CDC's deputy director general, said Taiwan's flu season has begun, and could reach a peak around the beginning of the new Lunar New Year, which falls on Jan. 31 this year.

He said the basic way to prevent the flu is still vaccination.

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