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New-flu death toll equals avian-flu deaths in 2006

 
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New-flu death toll equals avian-flu deaths in 2006: WHO
Kyodo / PTI / Geneva May 20, 2009, 10:05 IST

The World Health Organisation has said total deaths around the world from the new H1N1 influenza has equalled the record-high annual death toll from avian flu registered in 2006.

The deaths from new strain of influenza A have mounted quickly since the spread of the disease in Mexico was first confirmed in late April.

"Even though the new flu is less virulent than strains that caused past pandemics, it could inflict major damage on human health since it is highly contagious," said Nahoko Shindo, a WHO medical officer.

As of last Friday, a total of 424 people had contracted avian flu since 2003 and 261 of them have died. The deaths were concentrated in Asia, with 115 confirmed in Indonesia, 56 in Vietnam and 25 in China.

Forty countries had officially reported 9,830 new-flu infections as of yesterday, including 79 deaths, according to the WHO.
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Re: New-flu death toll equals avian-flu deaths in 2006
Big difference, bird flu has a 60% kill rate, but doesn't move person to person.

Swine does, but only kills 1-2%.
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Re: New-flu death toll equals avian-flu deaths in 2006
Big difference, bird flu has a 60% kill rate, but doesn't move person to person.

Swine does, but only kills 1-2%.
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the 1918 flu only had a 2.% mortality rate. that was also in a time of much less travel thus harder to spread.
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New-flu death toll equals avian-flu deaths in 2006: WHO
Kyodo / PTI / Geneva May 20, 2009, 10:05 IST

The World Health Organisation has said total deaths around the world from the new H1N1 influenza has equalled the record-high annual death toll from avian flu registered in 2006.

The deaths from new strain of influenza A have mounted quickly since the spread of the disease in Mexico was first confirmed in late April.

"Even though the new flu is less virulent than strains that caused past pandemics, it could inflict major damage on human health since it is highly contagious," said Nahoko Shindo, a WHO medical officer.

As of last Friday, a total of 424 people had contracted avian flu since 2003 and 261 of them have died. The deaths were concentrated in Asia, with 115 confirmed in Indonesia, 56 in Vietnam and 25 in China.

Forty countries had officially reported 9,830 new-flu infections as of yesterday, including 79 deaths, according to the WHO.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 682753


Um, if only 424 people had contracted the avian flu and 261 of them died, isn't that MORE than half died? 50% death rate.

If there are 9,830 people infected with swine flu and there are 79 deaths, that's a lot less people dying percentage-wise, so far. PLUS, the headline says the death-toll of this new flu EQUALS the deaths of 2006. How does 79 deaths compare to 261 deaths?

I'm confoosed....





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