Saturday, Oct 10th, 2009
Child deaths from swine flu were ‘shooting up” in the United States, with 19 deaths from influenza reported in recent days, a US health official said Friday.
“Nineteen more pediatric deaths for influenza were reported to us this week. We’re now up to 76 children having died from the 2009 H1N1 virus,” said Anne Schuchat, a senior official at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“To put that in context, in the past three years, the total pediatric influenza deaths ranged from 46 – 88. We’ve already had 76 children dying from the H1N1 virus and it’s only the beginning of October,” Schuchat said.
The flu season in the United States runs from August to March; the three previous seasons did not have concurrent outbreaks of seasonal and H1N1 influenza.
This article was posted: Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 3:15 am