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How many died of Swine Flu? So far… 12

1 May 2009

(Update 02-May: the number of confirmed deaths from A(H1N1), aka Swine Flu is up to 15 — 11 in the Federal District (which may be of people who were transferred to one of the specialty hospitals in the Capital). As more testing is done, the number of deaths may rise slightly, but less and less flu is being found, as more and more suspected infections are investigated. The point is that there is that the mass outbreak hasn’t happened, and the percentage of people getting sick is declining).

The Wall Street Journal (hardly a lefty conspiracy site… a righty conspiracy site, maybe) is now reporting that

A picture is now emerging of how U.S. and Mexican officials, with a key assist from a Canadian government lab, first realized they faced a new type of disease and began racing to isolate its earliest origins. Until recently, Mexico was widely assumed to be ground zero. Now, however, some California doctors are questioning that.

The four earliest confirmed cases are divided evenly between California and Mexico. In fact, it appears two children in California got sick in late March, several days before the first two known Mexico cases in early April.

But something may have been brewing in Mexico as early as mid-March, when health officials say they first noticed a slight uptick in patients with severe pulmonary problems such as pneumonia. A/H1N1 flu can cause pneumonia.

At the time, the slight increase didn’t cause much worry. An average of 20,000 people die each year from pneumonia in Mexico.

The [Mexico City] News:

At a Thursday night press conference, Health Secretary José Angel Córdova reported that authorities have completed testing on 679 suspected swine flu cases. Córdova said the diagnostic results indicated 312 positive cases.

“Of the total of 312 positive tests, 300 individuals have been treated and cured,” Córdova said. “At present, we can still only confirm that 12 people have died as a result of the H1N1 virus.”

Córdova said officials and health authorities have visited the homes of 77 people suspected of dying from the virus and only two people have been found to be infected by the virus.

This does not mean the emergency is over… but it is a sign that alarmist reports are overblown, and that the “sanitary contingency” probably has worked to prevent an epidemic outbreak.

Updates and previous posts tagged “Swine Flu”:

Flu Update

Fun and Profit from Pandemics

Capitalist swine!

¡No tenemos dinero!

Nafta and flu… porked by agrobiz

Pandemic Pandemonium Pendejos

Flu Update (and more Pendejos)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 4 May 2009 12:25 pm

    for gods sake would you please just answer my question…. how many people have dies from swine flu?? xx


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