Tuesday, June 26, 2012

New study reports marked increase in H1N1 death toll worldwide


Many news outlets are reporting that worldwide, deaths from H1N1 (“swine influenza”) in 2009 may have been as much as fifteen times greater than previously reported.

CNN has a typical story here

The study was published in the British journal The Lancet (which I collected in the mid 1980s during the AIDS crisis).  The total death toll now is said to be over 500000, with more than 50% in Africa and Southeast Asia.

This makes one wonder why we are dragging our feet on an H5N1 vaccine.

The Lancet’s H1N1 page will probably be updated soon, look here. http://www.thelancet.com/H1N1-flu
Pictures (bottom two), from DC Metro, Public Service notices.  

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