Swine flu deaths south of the border set to triple

Change in methodology boosts death toll to 4,000


The number of swine flu deaths in the U.S. is set to triple overnight. According to the Center for Disease Control, the new figure, which is expected to be released today, is a result of new surveillance methods, and will likely show that 4,000 people have died from H1N1, up from the 1,200 that were previously reported. While the apparent spike may induce panic, experts insist that getting an accurate read of influenza numbers and deaths is always problematic, as testing for the virus takes a backseat to treating flu-like symptoms. As Dr. Frank James, a health officer in San Juan County, Wash., and clinical associate professor at the University of Washington, explains: “The public will struggle with this change and some will take it to mean that the government does not know what it is talking about, while those that think more clearly will understand the process and outcome and reasons for the difference.” Despite the increase in the death toll, the likelihood of dying from swine flu in the U.S. is still outstripped by other daily hazards, such as drunk driving accidents.

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Swine flu deaths south of the border set to triple

  1. I guess people weren't scared enough to get the vaccine before. At least they posted the qualifier in the last line – very few media outlets have provided any comparison between the risks of swine flu and other illnesses/hazards.

  2. I don't know if it's that people aren't scared enough to get the vaccine. As I look around the web I see countless postings by people who are more afraid of the vaccine itself. Some claim it has been associated with neurological disorders, miscarriages, etc. I haven't found any solid evidence yet to support those claims, though.

  3. So when did Cheney get a seat on the board of CDC ?

    To 'H1N1 vaccine' above … it will take a while for the studies but some feel the mercury based preservative in one type of the H1N1 vaccine causes neurological damage, as we all know mercury is accumulates in the body, it seems the conclusive data is still 'in the works' though.

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