Saturday, August 1, 2009

Updated update ~ Swine Weekly

The CDC has changed how it will report the H1N1 or Swine flu numbers. 
Previously, they had a basic spreadsheet with each state & the number of confirmed cases, and confirmed deaths. 

Apparently that was too complicated to keep up with (Are they serious??? The CENTER for disease control can't maintain a basic spreadsheet with weekly data???). 

The new format simply states :
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.

It lists "Hospitalized cases"  5514
& "Deaths" as  353

I guess we just have to figure out how to interpret the numbers. 
The July 24th Death # was 302

That means 51 people died of Swine flu in the U.S. , the week of July 30th. 
The previous week ending July 24th, 39 people died of Swine flu. 

We no longer know where or how many locally, or Statewide. 
Perhaps that is not important? Who needs to know if a deadly disease is flaring up in your State?

They have posted a page with a link to your State's specific info-- But of the different sites I went to, each one said this: Case counts represent a significant underestimate of the true number of novel H1N1 flu cases 

That being said~ to get your significantly underestimated number information estimates- Please go to the following link:

According to the CDC web site:
WHO regions have reported 134,503 laboratory-confirmed cases of novel influenza A (H1N1) and 816 deaths. The lab-confirmed cases represent an underestimation of total cases in the world as many countries have shifted to strategies of clinical confirmation and prioritization of laboratory testing for only persons with severe illness and/or high risk conditions. Currently, the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus is the dominant influenza virus in circulation in New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Influenza viruses currently being detected in England and Canada are almost exclusively novel Influenza A (H1N1). 

So there you have it. 
Frankly, I'm still hearing much more about the death of one celebrity than of the 353 deaths in this country from Swine flu. Both the media and the agency whose job it is to report on the Pandemic in progress, seem to be asleep at the wheel. 
Maybe if a celebrity dies of swine flu, it will get properly reported?

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