October 12, 2009 — H1N1 critical illness mostly affects young patients and is often fatal, according to the results of a Canadian and Mexican study and an editorial published online October 12 in the Journal of the American Medical Association(JAMA).

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“Of 215 patients with critical illness, 162 had confirmed, 6 had probable, and 47 had suspected community-acquired 2009 influenza A (H1N1) infection. Mean age was 32.3 ± 21.4 years in the 168 patients with confirmed or probable 2009 influenza A (H1N1); 113 patients (67.3%) were women and girls, 50 patients (29.8%) were children, and 43 patients (25.6%) were aboriginal Canadians…”

H1N1 Critical Illness Mostly Affects Young Patients and Is Often Fatal

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