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Do you know all there is to know about the H1N1 flu?
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met recently with the
Indiana Boys and
Girl’s High School
them on their
and stressed the
serving as positive
role models for
In June, the World Health
Organization told its member nations
it was raising the pandemic alert level
from phase 5 to 6, meaning a global
outbreak of the Novel H1N1 influenza
A has begun.
Since this is the first global flu
epidemic in 41 years, we at The Torch
thought we’d get some assistance
from the professionals at the Indiana
State Department of Health. We
talked recently with Shawn Richards,
a respiratory epidemiologist in
Indianapolis about the H1N1 outbreak.
Torch: New confirmed cases of Novel
H1N1 Flu are being reported every
day. How many cases are there in
Indiana and is the outbreak slowing as
we hit summer?
Richards: As of June 10, 2009, there
have been 201 confirmed cases of
Novel H1N1 influenza statewide.
However, there are likely many more
with H1N1. It has been identified
in many counties throughout the
state. As of June 10, 13 people have
been hospitalized with Novel H1N1
influenza A virus in Indiana, and no
deaths have been reported.
Torch: People die from influenza and
related symptoms every year in the
US. How many in Indiana do?
Richards: The Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC)
estimates that 36,000 people die
from influenza and its complications
every year. It is difficult to say how
many people actually die from