More on the mortality (or lack thereof) of H1N1

One of the themes that I’ve been following is to understand why Influenza A (H1N1) appears more deadly here in Mexico.  I last wrote about how the Mexican mortality rate had dropped significantly.  Now, today’s BBC has an article discussing the science of the virus — that it is very similar in its composition and its effects on the human body to “regular-ole” seasonal flu (H1N1) and dissimilar to the much more serious avian flu (H5N1).  It begins:

“Preliminary analysis of the swine flu virus suggests that it is a fairly mild strain…”  

If this (not just the quote… read the article) is indeed the case, I would argue that this further supports the hypothesis that mortality appeared high because of the initial availability of health care to those who were sick.  That said, the number of fatalities “jumped” by 15 last night after a short reprieve, albeit in rural Mexico, so time has yet to tell.


México, D.F.


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