Ten percent of New Yorkers had swine flu

Sept. 1, 2009 at 12:10 AM
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NEW YORK, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Some 800,000 people, or one in 10 people in New York, had H1N1 flu last spring, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, head of the CDC in Atlanta and former health commissioner of New York, was commenting on a report scheduled to be released this week.

"In New York City, where we had a lot of H1N1 this last spring, the estimate is about 800,000 people -- about 10 percent of New York City residents -- got infected with the flu," Frieden said in an interview telecast on C-SPAN. "That's a lot of people."

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is scheduled to hold a news conference Tuesday -- along with Farley, New York schools chief Joel Klein and others -- to outline the city's H1N1 plans, the New York Daily News reported.

Since April, swine flu killed 47 people in New York -- less than 1 percent of those infected -- but since July, there have only been pockets of flu activity, health officials said.

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