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Pneumonia and Influenza Death Toll In El Paso Increases To 83

May 21, 2011

Here is some additional information on H1N1 in Texas- also see New Comment post from Bob Withey on this subject.

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The week 19 Pneumonia and Influenza (P&I)
deaths for El Paso, Texas increased
to 15, which raised the total for the past 6 weeks to 83. Thus, in the past 6
weeks, record levels were reported for weeks 14, 15, 18 and 19. The prior record
number of deaths for week 19 was 7 in 1997, so the 2011 level more than doubled
the record for the past 15 years. The P&I death rate for these six weeks was
12.73%, which is more than 1.5 times the national epidemic threshold for the

These record numbers of deaths come at the end of the flu season,
which officially ends at week 20.  The number of lab confirmed H1N1 cases in the
US has been declining steadily, consistent with the seasonal nature of
influenza.  However, the high number of deaths in El Paso supports the emergence
of a new H1N1 sub-clade, as seen across the border in Chihuahua, Mexico, which
caused WHO to issue a 2011 pandemic alert.

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