Friday, September 14, 2007

WHO Says H5N1 Fatality Rate: 61%

World Health Organization authorities announced September 12 that the current official case fatality rate (CFR) for H5N1 in humans is 61 percent.

"A total of 328 human cases and 200 deaths from avian influenza had been reported in 12 countries worldwide since 2003, with a case fatality rate of 61 per cent," Shigeru Omi, WHO's regional director for the Western Pacific, said at the 58th WHO Western Pacific Regional Committee meeting held on Jeju Island, South Korea's southernmost island.

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