|Issue of the Day: Number of Swine Flu Cases in US|
Published Friday, May 1st, 2009
As of Thursday night, Swine Flu has infected 91 people and one death has been attributed to the virus. According to the CDC, Swine Flu has reared its snout frequently in the past 30 years with varying intensity. From 2005 to January 2009, a total of 12 human cases of swine flu were detected in the U.S. with no deaths. In 1976, an outbreak of Swine Flu in Fort Dix, New Jersey caused more than 200 cases with serious illness in several people and one death. A singular event in 1988 occurred when a pregnant woman in Wisconsin died from pneumonia after being infected with Swine Flu. In response to the current outbreak, the CDC has implemented its emergency response. However, the outbreak has become political as the parties argue over $780 million removed from the stimulus bill for pandemic preparedness.
The CDC’s efforts and that of the nation’s health care system have made a concerted effort to cut the number of cases of influenza in the US. Influenza and Pneumonia, during the last decade, represented the 8th greatest cause of death in the US — 72,507 deaths out of 2,425,901 in 2006. Over the course of the last decade, the rate of deaths from all types of the influenza and pneumonia has steadily reduced from 23.4 deaths per every 100,000 people in 1999 to 18.8 in 2006.