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H1N1 Virus Not Gone Yet

May 17, 2010 4:19 am by: KUT Staff

It’s been just over a year since the H1N1 virus reached pandemic status worldwide. After apparently peaking in the fall, the furor surrounding the virus has calmed considerably in the last few months. KUT’s Ian Crawford reports.

State health officials have been pleasantly surprised by the lack of H1N1 cases this spring.

“We were expecting to see a third wave of illness, and we haven’t seen that yet,” said Carrie Williams, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of State Health Services.

This time last year, H1N1 was suspected to be a factor in six deaths in Texas and scores more in Mexico. There was no vaccine on the market for the virus, putting public health officials on a war-like footing. When a vaccine did come out in the fall, manufacturers couldn’t keep up with demand. And that led to fears of another surge in flu cases into this spring.

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