Swine flu’s death toll was 10 times higher than thought

December 1, 2013



About 203,000 people throughout the world died of flu and respiratory problems during 2009’s H1N1 epidemic, a new study funded by the World Health Organization (WHO) found. When heart failure and other secondary consequences of the flu are included, the death toll is bumped up to about 400,000 — far exceeding the 18,449 laboratory-confirmed cases that the WHO had until now been reporting."This study confirms that the H1N1 virus killed many more people globally than originally believed," Lone Simonsen, a research professor in the Department of Global Health at George Washington University, said in a statement.The updated numbers are similar to those arrived at last year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which extrapolated its findings from early data. However, there were a few important differences, as the LA Times reports:Continue Reading…

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