Friday, July 24, 2009
Jokes Ringing Hollow?
Swine flu could sicken 40 percent in 2 years Pandemic still in early stages, WHO flu chief says; vaccines expected by fall
U.S. health officials say 20 to 40 percent of Americans could become ill from swine flu over the next two years.
That estimate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is twice the number of people who usually get sick in a normal flu season.
Officials said that projection would drop if a planned vaccine campaign and other measures are successful.
Cases in Britain have Doubled in a week to 100,000
Children under the age of 14 have become 'super-spreaders' of swine flu, leaving England battling a raging epidemic.
The number of swine flu cases has doubled in a week to 100,000 with most of the new cases among children below 14 years old, according to officials.
A third of those who have died from the virus have been under 15 and 20 per cent of those who have ended up in hospital were under the age of five.
The NHS is now planning for up to 65,000 deaths from swine flu, with 30 per cent of the population - and 50 per cent of children - catching the infection.