The World Health Organization (WHO) sees swine flu subsiding in the northern hemisphere
As the World Health Organization (WHO) currently reports, the pathogen causing the so-called swine flu H1N1 is on the decline in the northern hemisphere. The disease, which was initially classified as very dangerous, had already peaked in October 2009. Since the end of October 2009, the number of new cases in Europe has been falling continuously. Falling incidence rates of swine flu can also be observed in the countries where the H1N1 virus has spread the most. This includes countries such as Poland, Austria, Estonia, Hungary and Moldova. The number of new cases of swine flu is also falling in the Federal Republic of Germany.
According to the Robert Koch Institute, only 475 infections were transmitted in the second calendar week of 2010. In the first week of 2010 there were still 1088 cases, and in the last week of December 2009 even 1233 cases. Based on these figures, it can be clearly demonstrated that the swine flu virus has been contained.
A total of 217,294 cases of infection with the swine flu virus and 189 deaths have been reported since April 2009. The number of deaths can be classified as low compared to the "normal" flu. For comparison: On average, up to 20,000 people die each year in Germany from the "normal" annual flu.
In most cases the disease progression was quite harmless. In Germany, just 5 percent of the population have been vaccinated against swine flu. With an estimated population of 82 million, that's around 4 million vaccinations. (sb, 01/24/2010)
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