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Official: Underlying condition present in N.Y. swine flu death
An assistant principal who died after being hospitalized with the H1N1 virus did have an underlying condition, the New York City's health commissioner said Monday.
But Dr. Thomas Frieden would not discuss the nature of the condition.
THE global spread of swine flu could have notable effects on the world economy, according to a senior IMF official, who's warned the financial crisis is far from over.
John Lipsky, first deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund, says the risks posed by the new type of flu are "hard to predict'' but it could have "notable economic effects.''
The global downturn is "far from over,'' he said in a speech in Tokyo, suggesting that many Asian nations have room to cut interest rates further to spur a recovery in their economies.
The median age of hospitalized individuals with swine flu is 15, which is younger than occurs with regular seasonal flu, Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during an afternoon news conference.
"We are seeing the same distribution in hospitalized patients as we are in milder cases in the community, and that's younger than what you would see in seasonal flu," Besser said. "In seasonal flu you tend to see a predominance of burden of disease in the elderly and in the very young, and here we are seeing it more in the younger population."
Many of the young victims who have become deathly ill turned out to have other medical problems -- a phenomenon first clearly seen with the 1957 Asian flu.
There have been too few deaths in the United States to draw any conclusions. But of the 173 people who have been sick enough to be hospitalized, more than half are in the 5-to-24 age group.
This includes people needing hospitalization -- now up to 200, said Dr. Anne Schuchat of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"That's very unusual, to have so many people under 20 to require hospitalization, and some of them in (intensive care units)," Schuchat told reporters in a telephone briefing.
Map of H1N1 (Swine Flu) Outbreak and a daily update
Program Note: Tune in tonight to hear more about the H1N1 influenza from Dr. Sanjay Gupta on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.
May 18 (Bloomberg) -- A New York assistant school principal became the sixth person in the U.S. to die of swine flu as a health official warned the outbreak may linger in North America as “summer influenza.”