Saturday, August 1, 2009

US swine flu deaths jump by 51 to total 353

Updated on : Saturday, August 01, 2009

WASHINGTON: Fifty-one more swine flu-related US deaths were reported in the United States Friday over the previous week, bringing the toll to 353 in the country worst affected by the global pandemic.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the new figures in its weekly surveillance update, which also said that 5,514 people have required hospitalization for the A(H1N1) virus.

The CDC also announced in its Friday report that it was no longer publishing the individual confirmed and probable cases, or its aggregate total of cases from the 5O US states, its territories and the capital Washington.

"CDC will report the total number of hospitalizations and deaths weekly, and continue to use its traditional surveillance systems to track the progress of the novel H1N1 flu outbreak," the center said on its website.

As of Monday, some 816 people infected with swine flu had died, according to the World Health Organization. With the new US figures, plus recent updates to death tolls in Latin America, the region in the midst of winter that has been hardest hit by the virus, the global toll is closer to 950. Unlike seasonal flu, which usually hits elderly people the hardest, the A (H1N1) virus has mostly infected the young.

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