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Friday, October 15, 2010

New Zealand : 49 NZers died of swine flu last year

Via NZ Herald :

" Almost 50 New Zealanders died during last year's flu pandemic, more than originally estimated, a review says.

The Pandemic Influenza Mortality and Morbidity Review Group today released its review on the first wave of swine flu, or influenza A (H1N1), in New Zealand last year.

Group chair, professor Cynthia Farquhar, said 49 people died during last year's pandemic, including one New Zealander who died in the Cook Islands.

That's 14 more people than originally thought - 35 deaths were reported last year.

The additional deaths were identified because the group had access to data from other sources, including Births, Death and Marriages, laboratory results and clinical notes."

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