Monday, August 31, 2009
The new H1N1 swine flu is estimated to have infected about 800,000 people in New York City in the spring, a top U.S. health official said on Sunday, citing a study due to be released later this week.
Dr. Thomas Frieden, who heads the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said surveys suggested the virus was widely spread around the city. Frieden was New York City’s health commissioner before taking the top CDC job in June.
“In New York City where we had a lot of H1N1 this last spring the estimate is about 800,000 people, about 10 percent of New York City residents, got infected with the flu,” Frieden said in an interview with C-SPAN television aired on Sunday.
“That’s a lot of people.”
New York City health department officials say the full study is being finished and will be released within days.
This article was posted: Monday, August 31, 2009 at 3:36 am