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Swine flu death rate similar to seasonal flu: expert

Posted By admin On September 17, 2009 @ 9:45 am In Sci Tech | Comments Disabled

Maggie Fox,
Reuters [1]
Thursday, Sept 17th, 2009

The death rate from the pandemic H1N1 swine flu is likely lower than earlier estimates, an expert in infectious diseases said on Wednesday.

New estimates suggest that the death rate compares to a moderate year of seasonal influenza, said Dr Marc Lipsitch of Harvard University.

“It’s mildest in kids. That’s one of the really good pieces of news in this pandemic,” Lipsitch told a meeting of flu experts being held by the U.S. Institute of Medicine.

“Barring any changes in the virus, I think we can say we are in a category 1 pandemic. This has not become clear until fairly recently.”

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