Date
18 December 2017
Hospitals across Hong Kong have admitted 12 new cases into their intensive care units. Photo: HKEJ
Hospitals across Hong Kong have admitted 12 new cases into their intensive care units. Photo: HKEJ

Flu claims 10 more lives in Hong Kong

Ten more people have died of flu caused by the H3N2 virus, bringing the Hong Kong death toll to 74 as of Thursday.

The latest fatalities were between 65 and 104 years old, including six women, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.

Meanwhile, 12 people were sent to the intensive care unit of various hospitals across the city, bringing the number of severe cases to 134, the report said.

Dr. Lau Chun-wing, a specialist in respiratory medicine, said the H3N2 virus specifically attacks the lungs of young patients.

Some severe cases require artificial respiration, he said.

Older patients become vulnerable to other diseases such as heart attacks and renal failure.

The Hospital Authority warned that the outbreak may persist until mid-March and the death toll could reach 200.

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