The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on Tuesday, June 6, that influenza outbreaks (of primarily the influenza A - H3N2 strain) in Taiwan had led to three related deaths out of 72,000 reported cases over the previous week alone, an increase of 2.3 percent over the week prior. This despite the fact that, historically, the flu season ends in Taiwan in late May.
Influenza is a contagious virus that can spread from human to human. Symptoms include high fever, aching muscles, headache, and respiratory issues. Particularly vulnerable individuals include young children, the elderly, pregnant women, the obese, and individuals suffering from chronic diseases. A vaccine is available.
Individuals are advised to take preventive measures to minimize the risk of contracting or spreading the flu (e.g., frequent hand-washing, sneezing into one's elbow, and avoiding contact with individuals presenting flu-like symptoms). Consult with a medical professional regarding vaccination options.