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15 is median age of US swine flu hospital cases

ATLANTA (AP) - People hospitalized in the United States for
swine flu are turning out to be younger than is typical for regular
flu.

U.S. health officials say the median age for confirmed hospital
cases is 15.

Dr. Richard Besser of the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention said it's not clear why that group is so young.

He said it might just be that younger people have tended to get sick first in the outbreak.

Or maybe older people have some greater level of immunity against the virus.

The age range for those in the hospital is eight months to 53
years.

The CDC says there are at least 35 people hospitalized for
the new flu.


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