Epidemiologists Can't Determine Why Some People are killed by H1N1

Swine Flu’s Impact Still A Mystery

Around the world, vaccine manufactures are rushing new swine flu (H1N1) vaccines into clinic trials and booking pre-orders from worried Public Health officials, while epidemiologists are still puzzling out how the new flu works and why many young people without any health complications are often hit the hardest by H1N1.

MARINA JIMÉNEZ, Globe and Mail National reporter, cautioned Canadians against complacency regarding the new H1N1, Swine flu .Canadian Public Health experts have predicted that as many one third of Canada’s young, healthy adults could be affected. Two out of three confirmed flu patients have no underlying health conditions. Mexician physicians concluded that it was the 20-to-50 age group that was most threatened. In most cases, the flu is somewhat more serious than seasonal flu, but still quite mild. What the specialists can’t determine is why some people are killed by it.

“They are ending up on ventilators and it can last from weeks to months,” Michael Gardam, director of infectious diseases at the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion, tells the Globe and Mail. “I would like people to be concerned about H1N1, without panicking. More concerned than they are about seasonal flu.”

– read the report from the Globe and Mail

ALSO: In the U.S., health officials expect to have 50 million doses of vaccine on hand by October 15, with millions of additional doses in hand later in the season. Report

PLUS: Both China and the UK have now stopped trying to contain the pandemic and have switched strategies, focusing on individual patients. Report

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