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Deaths linked to swine flu hit 102 worldwide
PHOENIX (AP) — A fourth person in Arizona has died from complications of swine flu — pushing the world's death toll to 102.
Arizona Department of Health Services spokeswoman Laura Oxley confirmed on Wednesday the death of a girl from Pima County. The county did not give her age but said the child was not yet in her teens.
Illinois officials also announced a swine flu-related death Wednesday of a woman from Cook County. They said the woman had other medical problems that might have made her illness more severe.
The deaths reported Wednesday pushed the total number of fatalities linked to the virus to 16 in the U.S. and 102 worldwide. The deaths of two New Yorkers were linked Tuesday to swine flu.
The virus has sickened more than 12,000 people.
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So now the US count on deaths is at 16.
What A Pandemic Flu Could Mean To Your Business
Each winter, the flu kills approximately 36,000-40,000 Americans, hospitalizes more than 200,000, and costs the U. S. economy over $10 billion in lost productivity and direct medical expenses.
Bad as that is, health experts are now warning about a far more lethal kind of flu -- a pandemic flu that could kill over half a million in the U.S., hospitalize more than 2 million, and cost our economy a staggering $160 – $675 billion.
A pandemic flu will spread rapidly and easily from person to person, affecting all age groups. It will cause illness in a high proportion of those infected. Health officials are concerned that the current avian "bird" flu which is circulating widely could mutate to a new strain of flu that humans have no natural immunity against -- the World Health Organization has said that a bird flu pandemic could infect 25-30 percent of the world's population. With that much of the population and workforce affected, a pandemic flu could disrupt your business -- perhaps even force it to close down for a time.
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El 90% del virus de la influenza que circula en Chile corresponde a la A H1N1 y se espera que el número de contagiados se duplique cada dos días, informó el miércoles el ministro de Salud Alvaro Erazo.