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CDC Study: Swine Flu Deaths Higher in Older Kids

September 3, 2009

ATLANTA (AP) - A study of swine flu's impact on children finds
that most of its young victims have been of school age.

The information comes in a report by federal health officials
that finds that about one in 13 U.S. swine flu deaths have occurred
among children.

Normally, at least half of the children who die from flu are age
4 and younger. But more than 80 percent of the children who died
with swine flu were at least 5.

Researchers also found that about two-thirds of the children who
died with swine flu had a brain-related disorder like epilepsy or
cerebral palsy. In a previous flu season, just a third of pediatric
deaths had those conditions.

The report also finds that bacterial co-infections were blamed
in most of the deaths of otherwise healthy children.

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