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Swine flu deadlier than reported

June 26, 2012
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WASHINGTON — A new study suggests that the number of people who died from swine flu in 2009 was 15 percent higher than originally calculated, according to MSNBC.

Researchers are now estimating that more than 280,000 people, worldwide, died of the H1N1 strain of influenza between April 2009 and August 2010, the article stated.

According to the article, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) originally reported 18,500 laboratory confirmed deaths.

"The new numbers could be used to improve the public health response during future pandemics in parts of the world that suffer more deaths, and to increase the public''s awareness of the importance of influenza prevention," said lead author Fatimah Dawood, a CDC epidemiologist.

The researchers confirmed that swine flu killed an unusually high number of young people compared with seasonal flu viruses — 80 percent of those who died were under 65 years old, the article noted.

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