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Global Estimates Of Annual Influenza Deaths Higher Than Previously Predicted, CDC Study Shows

PBS NewsHour: CDC says more people die of influenza worldwide than some experts have estimated
“As many as 646,000 people may die from influenza each year worldwide, according to the latest estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — a larger number than what other health experts have predicted in years past…” (Santhanam, 12/13).

Reuters: Seasonal flu kills more globally than previously thought: U.S. study
“…Global death rates from seasonal influenza are likely between 291,000 and 646,000 people each year, depending on the severity of the circulating flu strain, they said. That is up from a prior estimate range of 250,000 to 500,000 deaths, according to officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, published in the medical journal The Lancet…” (Steenhuysen, 12/13).

Xinhua News: Seasonal flu kills up to 650,000 people worldwide every year: study
“…Results also showed that the greatest flu mortality burden was in the world’s poorest regions and among older adults. People aged 75 years and older and people living in sub-Saharan African countries experienced the highest rates of flu-associated respiratory deaths. Eastern Mediterranean and Southeast Asian countries had slightly lower but still high rates of flu-associated respiratory deaths…” (12/14).

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