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H1N1 Virus Takes Toll On Minorities

According to an August report by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, a fall resurgence of the H1N1 virus could “cause between 30,000 and 90,000 deaths in the U.S., concentrated among children and young adults.”

More than half of 36 children who died from the H1N1 virus between May and July were from racial or ethnic minority groups, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A September study by the CDC found that 12 of the 36 children were Hispanic, while six were black and three were Asian. Thirteen of the children had received the seasonal flu vaccine, and 11 had “high-risk” medical conditions. And 19 had received antiviral treatment.
 
 

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