Monday, April 27, 2009

Enormous Gap between WHO figures and Mexico figures about extent of swine flu

The report from Mexico is at least 20 confirmed deaths and up to 149 deaths from the swine flu epidemic:

Mexico cancelled school nationwide Monday and warned the death toll from a swine flu epidemic believed to have killed 149 people would keep rising before it can be contained. Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova said 20 of the deaths have been confirmed to be from swine flu and the government was awaiting results on the other deaths. "We are the most critical moment of the epidemic. The number of cases will keep rising so we have to reinforce preventative measures," Cordova said at a news conference that was briefly shaken by an earthquake centered in southern Mexico. Cordova said 1,995 people have been hospitalied with serious cases of pneumonia since the first case of swine flu was reported on April 13. The government does not yet know how many were swine flu. Of those hospitalied, 1,070 have been released.Link to recent story

WHO is currently reporting 26 confirmed cases with 7 confirmed deaths. WHO link Why are WHO figures lagging so badly?  It would seem to me that WHO should have real time data and direct communication with Mexico's health secretary! 

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