Death toll of A/H1N1 flu rises to 38 in New York City
New York City officials on Wednesday reported six more deaths from the A/H1N1 flu virus, bringing the city's total to 38, Xinhua reported.
The city health department did not identify the victims or mention when they died in a Wednesday update posted on its website, citing patient privacy and rights.
It only revealed that the victims were between the ages of 25 and 64, and most of them had been hospitalized late last month.
Local officials said that many of those who have died became ill in May or June.
The officials said most of the victims had underlying medical conditions with diabetes being the most prominent risk factors discovered in the cases. Pre-existing medical conditions make contracting the A/H1N1 flu more dangerous.
They pointed to the fact that among those who have died, 34 percent had diabetes, 30 percent had asthma and 21 percent had heart disease.
Since the outbreak of A/H1N1 flu, New York City has been leading the nation with most deaths from the new flu virus. Last Thursday, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 127 deaths from A/H1N1 flu in the country, of which 32 deaths were confirmed in New York City.
New York City has so far confirmed 1,262 cases of A/H1N1 flu, comparing 2,272 in the state and 27,717 in the country.
The number of hospitalizations caused by the flu also increases from 804 to 877 in New York City on Wednesday, health officials said.
According to latest statistics released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday, some 77,201 people have caught A/H1N1 flu worldwide, with 332 having died from it.