Pandemic Update – July 26, 2009

There have been at least 1,139 officially reported deaths due to the new H1N1 virus. There have been at least 336 deaths in the US. California has overtaken New York State with the most number of reported deaths, 68 to 67. However, it is not clear whether all deaths in New York City are being reported.

The Southern Hemisphere continues to be disproportionately affected, most likely due to the fact that it is winter there. There have been nearly 200 deaths in Argentina, 79 in Chile, 49 in Australia, and 16 in New Zealand.

For reasons that are not readily apparent, the UK is another hot spot for flu cases and deaths. There have been over 11,000 cases and 31 deaths.

The situation in many hospitals is deteriorating further. Many ICUs are already full. This has prompted discussions about medical rationing. Even in wealthy countries, medical authorities may soon be deciding who will receive advanced care and who will not.

Schools have either just started or will start soon in many countries. This is almost certain to greatly increase the number of patients, further threatening to overwhelm hospitals.


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