CDC Says Swine Flu Killed 17,000 in U.S.
February 15th, 2010
By Neka Sehgal
According to new estimates by the U.S. heath authorities, the dreaded H1N1 pandemic, which has shown sustained human-to-human transmission since its outbreak in April may have killed close to 17,120 people.
The new report released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides an assessment of infections, hospitalizations and deaths from H1N1 since its emergence in April until mid January.
It estimates 57 million citizens have been infected by the virus since the outbreak and the total could be as high as 84 million.
Younger generation hit hard by virus
Unlike the regular flu that strikes the elderly more viciously, the report shows the circulating virus targeted the younger generation, comprising kids, teens and adults.