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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Taiwan : Young male adult dies from H1N1 infection

Via Focus Taiwan :

" Taipei, July 23 : Health authorities have confirmed that a 24-year-old male in southern Taiwan died after being infected by the influenza A (H1N1) virus, a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) official said Friday.

The man's death was the 45th death caused by H1N1 since the virus began affecting Taiwan in 2009, CDC Deputy Director-General Chou Jih-haw said. Like all of the others who died from the virus with one exception, the latest victim was not vaccinated against the H1N1 flu.

Chou confirmed that the man's 56-year-old father had also contracted the flu and is now being treated at a hospital in the Kaohsiung area after developing a fever and shortness of breath and coughing up blood.

The family's other members have not shown any signs of having the flu, the CDC's deputy chief said.

According to the agency, the son was rushed to the hospital on July 13 with a high fever. His illness turned worse quickly and he died of pneumonia and multiple organ failure on July 19. The bureau said the man had not suffered from any chronic diseases before catching the flu."

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