Monday, October 12th, 2009
Note that the figures quoted below are derived only from the segment of the population that were admitted to ICUs. The number of people admitted to hospital with swine flu sits over a large denominator of those who contracted the virus but were not admitted to hospital. Also, women, and native women, may be interested to know that the recently released inserts for the H1N1 vaccine include possible ‘impairment of fertility’ among the long list of potential side effects.
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October 12, 2009
Many of the Canadians who died or were sent to hospital earlier this year with H1N1 virus were young adults, female and aboriginal, a new study suggests.
The study, published in Monday’s online issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, looked at 168 patients with confirmed or probable swine flu. So far, one in five patients hospitalized with the virus has ended up in an intensive care unit or ICU.
Of the group, 24 or 14.3 per cent, died within the first 28 days of becoming critically ill, Dr. Anand Kumar, an intensive care specialist at the Health Sciences Centre and St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg and his colleagues found.
“Our data suggest that severe disease and mortality in the current outbreak is concentrated in relatively healthy adolescents and adults between the ages of 10 and 60 years,” the study’s authors wrote.
The ages in the mortality pattern were similar to that of the 1918 H1N1 Spanish flu pandemic, they said.