Friday, September 4, 2009

Swine flu death estimate lowered/ BBC

The BBC reports:
  •  The UK has lowered its worst-case scenario estimate of possible swine flu-related deaths from 65,000 to 19,000.
  •  Seventy people have died so far in the UK, while 6,000 to 8,000 die yearly from seasonal flu.  
  •  Advisors have now agreed that the swine flu death rate is lower than previously thought, likely to be 0.1% of cases. [However, with an estimated 110,000 new cases in the UK during the first week of August alone, the mortality rate is clearly less than 0.1%--Nass]
  •  The number of new cases continues to decrease, week by week, down to an estimated 4,500 cases last week.  

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