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H1N1 Pandemic May Have Killed Nearly 300,000

A new estimate places the number of people killed by the pandemic influenza A H1N1 strain worldwide at 284,400, about 15 times greater than the number of reported laboratory-confirmed cases, researchers found.

But the estimate spans a range as low as 151,700 and as high as 575,400 during the first year of virus circulation, Fatimah Dawood, MD, of the CDC's influenza division in Atlanta, and colleagues reported online in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

Most of the deaths occurred in individuals younger than 65 (80%) and in Africa and Southeast Asia (59%).
 
 

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