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CDC halts death tallies from H1N1 swine flu virus

By Michael Krebs     Jul 24, 2009 in Health
Citing the widespread nature of the H1N1 swine flu virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Friday their intention to cease keeping a running count of the dead.
In a decision that may complicate how the American public gets information on the lethality of the H1N1 swine flu virus - particularly during the upcoming flu season - the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Friday that they will no longer track deaths caused by the swine flu virus. The official CDC toll in the U.S. will remain 302 dead.
Health officials from the CDC said the virus was too widespread to continue counting.
The most recent confirmed figures of H1N1 activity in the U.S. from the CDC are 43,771 cases - with 302 confirmed deaths.
The H1N1 swine flu pandemic has infected people in 160 countries and has killed more than 800 people worldwide. Vaccine manufacturers are racing to produce doses that meet the demands of governments worldwide.
"Health experts say millions have likely been infected worldwide, but doctors can only test a fraction of suspected cases," Reuters reported. "Flu tests are expensive and unreliable and confirming H1N1 swine flu is difficult."
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