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Flu hits epidemic levels in U.S.

Posted by feww on January 2, 2015

Influenza Activity Continues to Increase in U.S.

Mortality due to influenza and pneumonia has reached “epidemic” levels in the U.S. as flu activity spreads in 36 states, reported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Pneumonia and Influenza (P&I) Mortality Surveillance:

During week 51 (December 14-20, 2014), 6.8% of all deaths reported through the 122 Cities Mortality Reporting System were due to P&I. This percentage was at the epidemic threshold of 6.8% for the week.

Between October 1, 2014 and December 20, 2014, 2,643 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations were reported. The overall hospitalization rate was 9.7 per 100,000 population. The highest rate of hospitalization was among adults aged ≥65 years (38.3 per 100,000 population), followed by children aged 0-4 years (13.4 per 100,000 population). Among all hospitalizations, 2,529 (95.7%) were associated with influenza A, 100 (3.8%) with influenza B, nine (0.3%) with influenza A and B co-infection, and five (0.2%) had no virus type information. Among those with influenza A subtype information, 760 (99.9%) were H3N2 virus and one (0.1%) was 2009 H1N1.

Synopsis for week 51 [Mirrored from CDC]

  • Viral Surveillance: Of 21,858 specimens tested and reported by U.S. World Health Organization (WHO) and National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System (NREVSS) collaborating laboratories during week 51, 6,152 (28.1%) were positive for influenza.
  • Pneumonia and Influenza Mortality: The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) was at the epidemic threshold.
  • Influenza-associated Pediatric Deaths: Four influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported.
  • Influenza-associated Hospitalizations: A cumulative rate for the season of 9.7 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations per 100,000 population was reported.
  • Outpatient Illness Surveillance: The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) was 5.5%, above the national baseline of 2.0%. All 10 regions reported ILI at or above region-specific baseline levels. Puerto Rico and 22 states experienced high ILI activity; six states experienced moderate ILI activity; New York City and eight states experienced low ILI activity; 14 states experienced minimal ILI activity; and the District of Columbia had insufficient data.
  • Geographic Spread of Influenza: The geographic spread of influenza in 36 states was reported as widespread; Guam, Puerto Rico, and 10 states reported regional activity; the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and two states reported local activity; and two states reported sporadic activity.

Influenza activity was “widespread” in 36 states during week 51, according to the CDC’s latest FluView report. The states included Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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2014: The Year of Massacre

Posted by feww on January 2, 2015

SCENARIOS 911, 808, 606, 600, [500,] 444, 411, 202, 201, 080, 070, 069, 04, 03, 02

76,000 Killed in Syria’s deadliest year yet

Some 76,021 people were killed in the war on Syria last year. A total of 33,278 of the victims were civilians, including 3,501 children, according a UK-based group that calls itself “Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.”

[NOTE: Neither, the group’s credentials and their special interests, if any, nor their figures can be independently verified.]

The total number of casualties since the beginning of the 4-year attempt to destroy Syria is over 190,000, according to the UN figures.

More than 10 million people have been displaced, including 3.3 million who have fled to neighboring countries.

At least 50% of the Syrians live in extreme poverty.


Meantime, the Iraqi government has released its figure for the ongoing casualties of George W. Bush’s war on Iraq (episode 2014):

  • Killed violently:  15,538 people
  • Wounded:  22,000+

Iraq Body Count (IBC), another UK-based NGO, has released its higher figure of 17,073 civilian deaths.

IBC says the number of civilians killed in Iraq in 2014 doubled from 9,743 in 2013, and almost quadrupled compared to 2012 (recorded violent deaths: 4,622).

However, the IBC figures “do not include combatant deaths, which even by the most cautious tallies have also seen a sharp rise in 2014,” said the group.

“During 2014 Iraq Body Count (IBC) recorded 17,049 civilian deaths from violence. This is the third highest civilian death toll after 2006 and 2007, and some months exceeding even those years’,” said IBC.


The number of civilians killed and wounded in Afghanistan violence  during the first eleven months of this year was 9,617, with 3,188 people  killed and 6,429 others wounded, said the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

“Children civilian casualties increased 33 per cent compared to 2013, with casualties among women up 12 per cent […] current projections indicate that 2014 will be the first year that the [reported] civilian casualty count will pass 10,000,” said the UN.

At least 4,634 Afghan police and military personnel were also killed in 2014, and thousands more wounded.

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