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Swine Flu Update: Recent News And Events

July 26th, 2009

Swine Flu Updates

Below article clippings via: Yahoo News
ATLANTA – U.S. health officials say swine flu could strike up to 40 percent of Americans over the next two years and as many as several hundred thousand could die if a vaccine campaign and other measures aren’t successful….

…In a normal flu season, about 36,000 people die from flu and its complications, according to American Medical Association estimates. Because so many more people are expected to catch the new flu, the number of deaths over two years could range from 90,000 to several hundred thousand, the CDC calculated. Again, that is if a new vaccine and other efforts fail…

…The World Health Organization says as many as 2 billion people could become infected over the next two years — nearly one-third of the world population…

…WHO officials believe the world is in the early phase of the new pandemic.  First identified in April, swine flu has likely infected more than 1 million Americans, the CDC believes, with many of those suffering mild cases never reported. There have been 302 deaths and nearly 44,000 reported cases, according to numbers released Friday morning.

Because the swine flu virus is new, most people haven’t developed an immunity against it. So far, most of those who have died from it in the United States have had other health problems, such as asthma.

Additional information and informative links:

News Articles: Tamiflu resistant viruses
Tamiflu-resistant swine flu case found in Canada
First case in Americas of drug-resistant swine flu: reports
Tamiflu-Resistant Swine Flu Virus Found in Hong Kong

Flu Warnings: Flu Chief
AP Interview: Flu chief: Pandemic in early stages

The WHO and CDC have stopped daily reporting of deaths/cases as the numbers get harder to delineate and too large. Current death toll was somewhere near 700 with a recent jump of 66% from the last count. Margaret Chan is warning this could be the biggest flu pandemic ever seen.
Global swine flu death toll now over 700: WHO
First defense against swine flu – seasonal vaccine

Nature and Science released studies showing that the virus is vastly different from the common seasonal flu.
Swine flu virus linked to more lung damage: lab study