3 more NYC swine deaths; toll up to 12

June 10, 2009 7:36:29 PM PDT
New York City officials have reported three more deaths from swine flu. The city health department announced the deaths on Wednesday, bringing the city's total to 12.

  • Swine Flu Resource Guide
  • The city said that one victim was 30 to 39 years old, another was 50 to 59 and another was over 65. Officials wouldn't identify the victims further or say when they died.

    The New York City Health Department also says that hundreds of thousands of city residents may have contracted swine flu in May and not even known it.

    Roughly 6.9 percent of the 1,006 residents surveyed by the Health Department from May 20 to 27 reported experiencing flu-like symptoms in April and May. That suggests more than 570,000 New Yorkers may have fallen ill.

    Limited testing means that only a fraction of possible cases have been confirmed. New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley says the study suggests that only a small portion of the hundreds of thousands of possible cases "developed severe disease." Tests have confirmed 820 cases in the city.

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    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

    For facts about influenza, and more information about swine flu, please visit the Health Department and CDC websites. Some specific resources:

    From New York City Health Department

    Facts about flu
    http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/cd/cdinflu.shtml

    From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    General information about swine flu
    http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/general_info.htm

    Swine Flu Case Definitions
    http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/casedef_swineflu.htm

    Swine Flu Infection Control and Patient Care
    http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/guidelines_infection_control.htm

    Preventing the Flu
    http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm


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