H1N1 Swine Flu Virus Continues to Kill

Posted on March 16, 2010

H1N1WedMD reports that the latest information about the H1N1 virus from the CDC is that it continues to kill and hospitalize people living in the United States. The CDC estimated that there were 2 million new cases from mid-January to mid-February. These cases led to 18,000 hospitalizations and about 310 deaths.

The CDC also has increased its estimates for the deaths from the pandemic which started in April, 2009. The CDC estimates that there have been 42 million to 86 million total H1N1 cases. The estimate of the number of people hospitalized ranges from 188,000 to 389,000 and the estimate for those killed by the virus ranges from 8,520 to 17,620. There were no new figures on the number of children killed by the disease. Last month the CDC reported that the virus might have killed as many as 1,800 children.

The CDC also said 86 million U.S. residents have been vaccinated against the H1N1 swine flu, which is both good and bad. It means a lot of people heeded the government's advice and got vaccinated. Unfortunately, it also means there are likely still tens of milions of people in the U.S. with no immunity to H1N1.
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