Digital News Report – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 55 million Americans contracted the H1N1 Swine flu (see chart below). The agency admits that the data are hard to interpolate, but they estimate there were between 39 million and 80 million cases in the United States.
Originally it was believed the 2009-2010 Swine Flu pandemic began on factory farms in Mexico, but now experts believe it arose in Asian pig farms and then traveled to North America in humans. The flu’s origin is still being debated.
The CDC report is based on estimates and ranges. Out of the 55 million cases, 18 million occurred in people under 17 years of age. Only 5 million cases occurred in individuals over the age of 65.
There were over 11 thousand deaths. Approximately 8,620 of those deaths occurred in people between the age of 18 and 64.
By: Jason Chang
Here is the data: