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Swine Flu Cases in U.S. Top 1 Million

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Posted on Jun 29, 2009
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 1 million Americans have contracted swine flu this year. That figure dwarfs the 27,717 confirmed and probable U.S. cases, but it also means the odds of surviving the disease—127 people have died—are much better than previously thought.


The CDC based its figures on surveys, rather than laboratory evidence, but the numbers suggest the death rate from swine flu is lower than thought.

“We’re saying that there have been at least a million cases of the new H1N1 virus so far this year in the United States,” said Anne Schuchat of the CDC.

“Reported cases are really just the tip of the iceberg.”

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By JayZee, June 29, 2009 at 1:57 pm Link to this comment

The sides of the warehouse are busting out with flu vaccines.Please get in line and take the damn shot already!

We went through this with the bird flu scare/vaccine promotion.The powers that be keep re-selling it.The death associated with the swineflu is from the very harmful anti-viral drug.Please don’t take it.Really.

In memory of the last bird flu scare mongering: My favorite news report I recall was the ” Counterfeit Tamiflu from China Bust.”

CDC, FDA, ?? busted the import of counterfeit Tamiflu from China.They knew it was counterfeit because instead of the antiviral drug it was supposed to be - it contained just vitamin C and people actually got well.Hi Ho.

Curing the incurable.

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By FluWatcher2009, June 29, 2009 at 10:37 am Link to this comment
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If the US has 1 million H1N1 cases (CDC’s estimate of almost 2 weeks ago - how many now?), then we’re being told one or more of the following: 1) a lot of people have chosen not to go to a doctor or medical facility and are not being tested, 2) a lot of cases are actually being misdiagnosed, 3) some H1N1 deaths are being attributed to other causes, and 4) some states are no longer updating their H1N1 records for the public.

No immunities to H1N1 indicates that the disease will spread rapidly…CDC’s estimates prove that it’s definitely doing that.  If H1N1 mutates, as it’s showing signs of doing in Argentina, then this Fall may be a very difficult time for the US and other countries in the Northern Hemisphere.

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