Saturday, November 14, 2009

Swine flu on the decline in some areas

We're not out of the woods yet, but a report from the World Health Organization (WHO) finds swine flu is on the decline in parts of the south and southeast United States. (NY Times) Again, this ain't over yet. While they don't say where, "big sections of the United States" are still being hit with "widespread and intense" swine flu infections says WHO.

As of November 12, there were 22 million reported cases of swine flu (7 percent of the population), 98,000 hospitalizations and 3,900 deaths in the US. (
WSJ) Though "there's a lot of uncertainty around the figures." Since many cases don't get reported, and doctors don't always test for H1N1, the CDC estimates the actual number of cases may be as high as 34 million.

How does that compare to a normal flu season? According to the CDC, between 5 and 20 percent of the population gets the flu each year, and there are about 36,000 deaths. But before you laugh at swine fly hysteria, consider this: The numbers available so far cover the "flu's off-season." So there still may be a lot of drama to come.

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