H1N1 Deaths Doubling Almost Every Two Weeks in Europe

Posted By on November 22, 2009

H1N1 Deaths Doubling Almost Every Two Weeks in Europe

By Jason Gale

Nov. 23 (Bloomberg) — Swine flu deaths have doubled almost every two weeks since mid-October in Europe, with 166 occurring in the past week, the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Across the region, 667 people infected with the new H1N1 influenza strain have died since April, the Stockholm-based ECDC said today in a report obtained by Bloomberg. Cases of the pandemic flu are being reported in all European Union and European Free Trade Association countries, it said.

The infection, which causes little more than a sore throat, fever and a cough in the majority of cases, is increasing hospital admissions. The U.K. has 180 H1N1 patients in intensive care units, France has 81, the Netherlands 38, Norway 24 and Ireland 20, according to the ECDC.

Last Updated: November 22, 2009 23:20 EST

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