By Tom Blumer (Bio | Archive) August 29, 2009 – 09:43 ET

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the results of a study entitled “2009 Pandemic Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Infections: Chicago, Illinois, April-July 2009.”

In a report Rush Limbaugh criticized on the air, Mike Stobbe of the Associated Press (“Swine flu sends more blacks, Hispanics to hospital”) irresponsibly framed CDC’s results in racial terms, and then used them as evidence of health care system “inequities.”

By contrast, Julie Steenhuysen of Reuters (“In Chicago, swine flu hit children hardest”) went right to the study’s key finding, namely that H1N1 appears to be more likely to affect children compared to other flu viruses, which have tended to hit the elderly harder.

The opening paragraphs of Steenhuysen’s work makes you wonder how the AP and Stobbe could have looked at the same CDC study and not have done anything with its critical age-based finding:

Swine flu infected 14 times as many children as adults over 60 in Chicago, city health department officials reported on Thursday in one of the first detailed looks at the new pandemic virus.

No children have died, but the officials said their analysis suggests that prevention efforts should focus on children.

In many ways, the new H1N1 flu virus acted like the typical seasonal flu in Chicago, causing fever, cough and sore throats for most people, said Dr. Susan Gerber, chief medical officer at the Chicago Department of Public Health.

“What was different was that younger age groups seemed to be getting it more often than older age groups,” said Gerber, who reported on the city’s swine flu cases in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly report on death and disease.

“Our median age for all of the cases reported to the Chicago Health Department was 12 years old. That’s obviously a younger age,” Gerber said in a telephone interview.

Stobbe didn’t just bury the lede; he didn’t report it, period. The word “children” does not appear anywhere, nor does any other age-related term.

Instead, the AP reporter concentrated on largely irrelevant (to be shown shortly) racial disparities:

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Bangladesh

 
• Number of A/H1N1 flu cases in Bangladesh rises to 194 (Link) Brazil

 
• Brazil, with 602 deaths, surpasses the EU (Link) Canada

 
• Ottawa: H1N1 – Are we ready? (also a list of other articles on H1N1) (Link) Chile

 
• UN cautions over swine flu in birds (Link) China

 
• Officials warn H1N1 surge in Hong Kong soon (Link)
• Hong Kong up to 11,247 confirmed cases (Link)
• Central China high school suspends classes after A/H1NI flu outbreak (Link) Finland

 
• Finland confirms 211 A/H1N1 flu cases (Link) France

 
• Castres rugby team hit with swine flu (Link) India

 
• Swine flu: students form human-chain to spread awareness (Link)
• India records four swine flu deaths, toll 87 (Link)
• Swine flu claims 5 more lives, nationwide toll reaches 98 (Link)
• 10 new cases in West Bengal (Link)
• Kerala: Swine flu cases go up to 199 (Link)
• 10th H1N1 death in Mumbai, countrywide toll mounts to 89 (Link) Japan

 
• 25 mln people to be infected with new flu in Japan (Link)
• Japan: 7th death linked to new flu confirmed in Hyogo after 6th in Kagoshima (Link) (Link)
• Health ministry: 20% of population may be infected with new flu (Link) Malaysia

 
• WHO finds Malaysians have low understanding and poor knowledge of A (H1N1) (Link)
• H1N1: Toddler is victim number 70 (Link) Mexico

 
• Mexico may see 1 million swine flu cases in winter (Link)
• Mexico forecasts 1 million winter swine flu infections (Link) Qatar

 
• Masks must for barbers, beauticians (Link) Syria

 
• Syria reports first swine flu death (Link) Taiwan

 
• Taiwan President confident A(H1N1) outbreak will be controlled (Link)
• 11 more hospitalized (Link) United Kingdom

 
• UK paper hyping the flu in turkeys (Link) United States

 
• CO: Homeless Family Struggles with H1N1 (Link)
• CA: Calaveras County Has Fourth Confirmed Case Of H1N1 (Link)
• TN: Swine Flu Makes Official Return to the Mid-South (Link)
• West Point braced for swine flu cases (Link)
• Vote Now in the 2009 Flu Prevention PSA Contest (Link)
• SD: H1N1 flu count at 105 (Link)
• Confirmed Case Of H1N1 At N.Ky. Middle School (Link)
• MO: Swine flu hits hard at Kansas U (Link)
• 3 More Schools Investigating Swine Flu Cases (Link)
• Xavier, Miami Universities Combat H1N1 Flu (Link)
• More SC schools with cases (Link)
• Alaska: Fairbanks students need good hygiene, proper cough etiquette to avoid flu (Link)
• AP reports much more Fairbanks flu (Link)
• Dothan, Alabama: Wiregrass swine flu impact (Link)
• Georgia Southern University swine flu rumors unfounded (Link) Vietnam

 
• Vietnam’s A/H1N1 flu cases rise to 2,312 (Link) Yemen

 
• First death from H1N1 flu virus as cases rise to 20 (Link) General

 
• Doctors Question WHO’s Severe Swine Flu Warning (Link)
• H1N1 flu spreads at ‘unbelievable’ speed: WHO (Link)
• Obesity linked to swine flu deaths (Link)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bangladesh

 
• Number of A/H1N1 flu cases in Bangladesh rises to 194 (Link)

Brazil

 
• Brazil, with 602 deaths, surpasses the EU (Link)

Canada

 
• Ottawa: H1N1 – Are we ready? (also a list of other articles on H1N1) (Link)

Chile

 
• UN cautions over swine flu in birds (Link)

China

 
• Officials warn H1N1 surge in Hong Kong soon (Link)
• Hong Kong up to 11,247 confirmed cases (Link)
• Central China high school suspends classes after A/H1NI flu outbreak (Link)

Finland

 
• Finland confirms 211 A/H1N1 flu cases (Link)

France

 
• Castres rugby team hit with swine flu (Link)

India

 
• Swine flu: students form human-chain to spread awareness (Link)
• India records four swine flu deaths, toll 87 (Link)
• Swine flu claims 5 more lives, nationwide toll reaches 98 (Link)
• 10 new cases in West Bengal (Link)
• Kerala: Swine flu cases go up to 199 (Link)
• 10th H1N1 death in Mumbai, countrywide toll mounts to 89 (Link)

Japan

 
• 25 mln people to be infected with new flu in Japan (Link)
• Japan: 7th death linked to new flu confirmed in Hyogo after 6th in Kagoshima (Link) (Link)
• Health ministry: 20% of population may be infected with new flu (Link)

Malaysia

 
• WHO finds Malaysians have low understanding and poor knowledge of A (H1N1) (Link)
• H1N1: Toddler is victim number 70 (Link)

Mexico

 
• Mexico may see 1 million swine flu cases in winter (Link)
• Mexico forecasts 1 million winter swine flu infections (Link)

Qatar

 
• Masks must for barbers, beauticians (Link)

Syria

 
• Syria reports first swine flu death (Link)

Taiwan

 
• Taiwan President confident A(H1N1) outbreak will be controlled (Link)
• 11 more hospitalized (Link)

United Kingdom

 
• UK paper hyping the flu in turkeys (Link)

United States

 
• CO: Homeless Family Struggles with H1N1 (Link)
• CA: Calaveras County Has Fourth Confirmed Case Of H1N1 (Link)
• TN: Swine Flu Makes Official Return to the Mid-South (Link)
• West Point braced for swine flu cases (Link)
• Vote Now in the 2009 Flu Prevention PSA Contest (Link)
• SD: H1N1 flu count at 105 (Link)
• Confirmed Case Of H1N1 At N.Ky. Middle School (Link)
• MO: Swine flu hits hard at Kansas U (Link)
• 3 More Schools Investigating Swine Flu Cases (Link)
• Xavier, Miami Universities Combat H1N1 Flu (Link)
• More SC schools with cases (Link)
• Alaska: Fairbanks students need good hygiene, proper cough etiquette to avoid flu (Link)
• AP reports much more Fairbanks flu (Link)
• Dothan, Alabama: Wiregrass swine flu impact (Link)
• Georgia Southern University swine flu rumors unfounded (Link)

Vietnam

 
• Vietnam’s A/H1N1 flu cases rise to 2,312 (Link)

Yemen

 
• First death from H1N1 flu virus as cases rise to 20 (Link)

General

 
• Doctors Question WHO’s Severe Swine Flu Warning (Link)
• H1N1 flu spreads at ‘unbelievable’ speed: WHO (Link)
• Obesity linked to swine flu deaths (Link)

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