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Officials: Almost 4,000 Americans have died from H1N1

WASHINGTON (HawaiiNewsNow) - Federal health officials now estimate that 4,000 or more Americans have likely died from the H1N1 or swine flu. That's four times what they previously thought. The new estimate includes deaths caused by complications related to the virus.

"We estimate that 22 million people have become ill from pandemic influenza. We estimate that 98,000 people have been hospitalized so far, through October 17th. And the upper and lower estimates on hospitalizations are from 63,000 to 153,000. We estimate that 3,900 people have died so far in the first six months of the Pandemic from this virus” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, chief immunologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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