The higher number of cases is a result of ongoing tests on previously collected samples; not newly reported and confirmed infections, the WHO said.
During a typical year in the United States, 30,000 to 50,000 persons die as a result of influenza viral infection. Frequently cited numbers are 20,000 deaths each year, and 37,000 annual deaths. About 5-10% of hospitalizations for influenza lead to fatal outcome in adults.
A different pattern may emerge in a pandemic. The 1918-19 pandemic affected mainly healthy young adults and seemed to spare those at the extremes of life. In the USA, the mortality rate during the 1918 pandemic pandemic was around 2.5%. (*edit to add - Of all infected)
Undetected cases might imply that infections with H5N1 influenza may be more common than previously thought, suggesting that the overall case fatality rate may not be as high as previously suggested.
Originally posted by kix
Ok 7 days since my first exposure and 24 hours from the second...
I am still here I feel Fine.
Originally posted by 4Yahshua
prevent this flu and shorten its length. (1200 mg. a day for adults, 600 mg. day for kids.) Mothers Health Food Stores here in So. CA sell their brand for about $8.00 (600 mg., 60
Originally posted by Memysabu
STOP COUNTING CASES. My friend just got out of the hospital she was almost dead. Tested negative for h1n1 and the regular human flu. She had a variant and the test does not work. If she died she wouldnt even be a statistic on the h1n1 charts. You guys counting numbers need to understand the testing, the test is genetics based flu mutates constantly which means the tests do not work for long. The numbers are USELESS. All you people counting cases and saying this is over hyped call Mexico and ask them why their first patient tested positive for SARS. People not understanding testing is seriously getting on me nerves its like showing a horse dying of dehydration water and the horse wont drink to save its life.
[edit on 3-5-2009 by Memysabu]
One part of the answer is that the Spanish flu virus passed from birds to pigs and then to humans, a mode of transmission that is thought to produce the most dangerous strains of influenza viruses.
"The virus caused three waves of disease. The second of these, between September and December 1918, resulting in the heaviest loss of life...Although most people who were infected with the virus recovered within a week following bed rest, some died within 24 hours of infection."
The preserved body of a flu victim buried in Arctic permafrost was exhumed, and they painstakingly extracted the genetic material needed to work out the structure of the H1N1 virus.
Then, in a maximum "biosafety" facility at Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory they reconstructed a fully functioning virus, and infected macaque monkeys to see what would happen......
"This research provides an important piece in the puzzle of the 1918 virus, helping us to better understand influenza viruses and their potential to cause pandemics."
The World Bank has estimated that more than 70 million people could die worldwide in a severe pandemic.
Against a backdrop streaked with controversy and under the intense spotlight of unprecedented world media attention, the international Conference on Population and Development reached consensus--despite some widely divergent viewpoints--on a worldwide strategy to curb global population growth over the next 20 years and achieve sustained economic growth and sustainable development.
Originally posted by EtSolveMundi
The big five Mexican drug cartels have killed more people than this in a week. Is gang-related violence getting 24/7 media coverage, garnering the attention of everyone in the world, and provoking a worldwide response? Hardly. Obviously gangs don't follow the same propagation patterns as viruses, but I will never, never get over how easy indeed it is to whip the populace into a panic, or worse yet, how the media and governments cherry-pick which issues to beat like a dead horse/hammer into our skulls while almost completely ignoring others of similar or greater magnitude. A few influential groups - media moguls, government policy-makers, business magnates - latch onto one story and suddenly everything else temporarily (or permanently) vanishes from the collective consciousness. Be prepared, not deluded, brainwashed, zombified, and panicked.