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Spike in Bacterial Infections With Swine Flu
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CDC: Rise in Life-Threatening Bacterial Infections Linked to H1N1 Swine Flu
Daniel J. DeNoon
Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD
Nov. 25, 2009 -- "A worrisome spike" in severe bacterial infections is complicating H1N1 swine flu cases, the CDC warned today.
Denver and nine other cities where CDC conducts intensive surveillance are seeing a tripling of cases of severe, life-threatening bacterial infections -- including pneumonia and blood infections -- linked to H1N1 swine flu.
Most cases of severe bacterial pneumonia occur in the elderly. But the cases being reported to the CDC are mostly in young adults aged 20 to 49, an age group particularly vulnerable to H1N1 swine flu.
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