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