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Swine flu could infect half of U.S.

Wall Street Journal, August 25, 2009
Swine flu could infect half the U.S. population this fall and winter, hospitalizing up to 1.8 million people and causing as many as 90,000 deaths, which is more than double the number that occur in an average flu season, according to an estimate from a presidential panel. The virus could cause symptoms in 60 million to 120 million people, more than half of whom might seek medical attention, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology estimated in an 86-page report assessing the government's response to the first influenza pandemic in 41 years.