Saturday, October 3, 2009

Swine flu could overload U.S. hospitals: report

CHICAGO-Fifteen states could run out of hospital beds and 12 more could fill 75 percent of their beds with swine flu sufferers if 35 percent of Americans catch the virus in coming weeks, a report released Thursday said.The study, based on estimates from a computer model developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shows the strain hospitals and health departments could face as a second wave of swine flu surges."Our point in doing this is not to cry Chicken Little but really to point out the potential even a mild pandemic can have and how readily that can overwhelm the healthcare delivery system," Jeffrey Levi, director of Trust for America's Health, which sponsored the report, said in a telephone briefing...
Picture Left:A medical professional leads a volunteer to receive an experimental vaccine designed to prevent him from contracting the H1N1 swine flu virus, during early trials of the drug at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, August 10, 2009.(REUTERS/Jason Reed)

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