According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, swine flu fatalities in mid-November reached about 10,000, a significant jump from the previous month’s estimate of 3,900.
In addition, the lives lost included more than 1,000 children and 7,500 younger adults, the two hardest hit age groups in the United States. In sum, at least 50 million, or 1 in 6, Americans have been infected. Swine flu has also been fast rising in France, and in the Netherlands, the number of people who perished due to a Tamiflu-resistant mutation of the swine flu virus doubled to 11 within the past week.
Meanwhile, India’s death toll rose to 699, Egypt 44, 137 in Italy, and 283 in the UK. The total estimated tally of fatalities is at least 18,638, although actual figures of these and swine flu cases are deemed much higher.
Health officials in the US have found that in the fatal cases, the virus had attacked deep within the lungs, in a phenomenon similar to that of the 1918 flu pandemic that killed 100 million people worldwide.
As we try to absorb the rise in statistics each day, we pray for the families suffering due to this tragic trend. May the swift adoption of an organic vegan diet help to stop the next and worse animal-borne pandemic and ensure the vitality and happiness of all.