Date
16 August 2017
The flu outbreak in Hong Kong could last another four to six weeks, an expert says. Photo: HKEJ
The flu outbreak in Hong Kong could last another four to six weeks, an expert says. Photo: HKEJ

Flu claims 12 more lives in HK, taking toll to 111 this year

Another twelve people died of flu in Hong Kong Tuesday, bringing the death toll from the virus to 111 since the beginning of the year, Apple Daily reported.

So far the dead were in the ages between 38 and 104, the Center for Health Protection was quoted as saying.

Including 16 patients who had been put in hospital intensive care units on Tuesday, a total of 178 people had been put in ICU for treatment this year, the center said.

Yuen Kwok-yung, infectious diseases expert at Hong Kong University’s Department of Microbiology, said the outbreak has been mainly caused by a new variant of H3N2 virus that could proliferate very fast in the human body and seriously damage organs like heart and brain.

The main symptoms include high fever, pneumonia or serious bronchitis.

He expects the epidemic period to last another four to six weeks before it eases, while another peak will arrive in August.

Meanwhile, another two schools — a kindergarten in Causeway Bay and an elementary school in Ma Tau Chung in east Kowloon –are said to have recorded flu cases Tuesday. Forty-one pupils were infected at those two institutions, according to the report.

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