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Swine flu deaths more prevalent than previously thought

5 years ago November 12, 2009 Nov 12, 2009 Thursday, November 12 2009 Thursday, November 12, 2009 10:20:11 AM EST in News
Source: Associated Press

Federal health officials now say that 4,000 or more Americans likely have died from swine flu, about four times the estimate they've been using.

The new, higher figure includes deaths caused by complications related to swine flu, including pneumonia and bacterial infections.

Until now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had conservatively put the U.S. swine flu death count at more than 1,000.

Officials said this week they're working on an even more accurate calculation.

The CDC says "many millions" of Americans have caught the pandemic flu virus since it first appeared in April.

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