H1N1 death toll reaches at least 7,880 in U.S.

Modern Healthcare - - Late News -

In up­dated fig­ures, the Cen­ters of Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion es­ti­mated that at least 7,880 peo­ple in the United States have died from the H1N1 flu virus be­tween April and Dec. 12, 2009. That es­ti­mate is the min­i­mum num­ber of deaths in an es­ti­mate rang­ing from 7,880 to as high as 16,640 deaths, the CDC said. Mean­while, the At­lantabased agency said at least 173,000 peo­ple—or pos­si­bly as many as 362,000—have been hos­pi­tal­ized be­cause of the dis­ease, and that be­tween 39 mil­lion and 80 mil­lion peo­ple have been in­fected with the deadly virus that emerged last spring. And in its Mor­bid­ity and Mor­tal­ity Weekly Re­port, the CDC said that by the end of De­cem­ber 2009, an es­ti­mated 61 mil­lion in­di­vid­u­als—rep­re­sent­ing about 20% of the U.S. pop­u­la­tion—had been vac­ci­nated against the dis­ease, in­clud­ing 22.3% of health­care per­son­nel.

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