idea if swine flu is milder than normal flu.
Interesting to note that 10% are smokers versus 11% for asthma and 7%
U.S. Has One Million Swine Flu Cases Now
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(RTTNews) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said
Thursday that one million Americans were affected by swine flu--
accounting for roughly half the world's swine flu cases--since the
epidemic broke out in southern neighbor Mexico in April, reports say.
Lyn Finelli, a flu surveillance official with the CDC, made the one
million estimate in a presentation to the vaccine panel of the U.S.
Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices in Atlanta. The number is
derived from mathematical modeling, based on surveys by health
She said half those cases were in New York City and 6% or more of some
urban areas were affected. The percentage of the cases needing
hospital treatment was growing despite the normal flu season being
over, perhaps due to closer scrutiny of very sick patients.
Regular seasonal flu affects anywhere from 15 million to 60 million
Americans each year. Other health problems have been a contributory
factor in most cases: about one in three of the hospital cases had
asthma or chronic lung disease,16% diabetes, 12% immune system
problems and 11% chronic heart disease besides 10% are current smokers
and 7% are pregnant women.
An analysis of 99 of the 127 Americans who died of swine flu shows
that 87 of them also suffered from one underlying condition or the
other: 11% had asthma, 24% other lung diseases, 13% diabetes, 11%
morbid obesity and 34% obesity.