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There have been more than 43,000 reported cases of swine flu (H1N1) in the US and 302 deaths, according to up-to-date data reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on its website.

And, the CDC writes: “In the United States, significant novel H1N1 illness has continued into the summer, with localized and in some cases intense outbreaks occurring. The United States continues to report the largest number of novel H1N1 cases of any country worldwide, however, most people who have become ill have recovered without requiring medical treatment.

“Given ongoing novel H1N1 activity to date, CDC anticipates that there will be more cases, more hospitalizations and more deaths associated with this pandemic in the United States over the summer and into the fall and winter. The novel H1N1 virus, in conjunction with regular seasonal influenza viruses, poses the potential to cause significant illness with associated hospitalizations and deaths during the U.S. influenza season.”

There has been some speculation by the CDC that as many as 40 percent of Americans could contract the swine flu, unless an effective vaccine campaign is implemented; some 160 million doses of an effective flu vaccine are expected to be ready by October.
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