H5N1 in the US

From NBC News, January 22, 2015:

A green-winged teal shot by a hunter in northern Washington state has tested positive for H5N1 bird flu — a relative of the virus that’s infected nearly 700 people globally and killed 400 of them.


To make matters more complicated, this strain of H5N1 found in the teal appears to be a mix of H5N1 and the H5N8 found in Washington state and elsewhere in the U.S. as well as in Europe, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan.

The pandemic potential of this version of H5N1 is unknown.


Over 3,100 dead Americans

Over 3,100 people have died in the US from pandemic H1N1. This is likely a gross underestimate as it only includes people with laboratory-confirmed H1N1. The willingness of States to report their deaths varies greatly. For example, Ohio does not report most of its adult deaths.

From The Daily Standard, February 4, 2010

Ohio Department of Health spokeswoman Jen House said the state has confirmed 51 deaths from H1N1. However, most of those represent deaths of children because health officials are not required to report adult deaths from H1N1, she said.

Unlike seasonal flu, the vast majority of deaths due to H1N1 have been in people under the age of 65, many of them children.

Looking only at reported, confirmed H1N1 deaths, the current number indicates that at least 1 in every 100,000 Americans has already died of pandemic influenza.

Although few cases have been reported in the media in recent months, department of health releases from the States paint a different picture. Many deaths have been reported in the last two weeks.

This isn’t over.