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Near half of swine flu patients otherwise healthy

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - The largest U.S. analysis of adult hospitalized
swine flu patients has found that 46 percent did not have asthma or
any other underlying condition.

Health officials looked at 1,400 adult swine flu
hospitalizations in 10 states. A Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention official released some of the details at a Tuesday press
conference.

The CDC has said most swine flu-infected people who have grown
severely ill had underlying conditions, but the new details suggest
it may not be a large majority.

CDC officials added that it's preliminary data, and obesity was
not classified as an underlying condition.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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