H1N1 Now Killing Elderly In UK
January 20, 2011
The HPA week 3 report on influenza in the UK shows a dramatic jump in fatal cases (to 254 from 112), which has more credibility than earlier reports, which were trailing the numbers reported by the media (and the media reports represent a small fraction of the total number of deaths). Agencies are now withholding the number of fatal cases, so the actual number of deaths remains murky. Media reports describe young patients who have flu-like symptoms, which then develops into pneumonia and death, but cases are said to have died from “natural causes”, suggesting the number of flu deaths is markedly higher than the deaths withheld by hospital administrators.
Moreover, the latest HPA report has a dramatic jump in the deaths of the elderly (>64) to 55 from 16 reported through week 2. The number of elderly deaths is now markedly higher than the number of influenza B deaths (16), indicating most of the elderly deaths are now due to H1N1.