Friday, August 28, 2009

Swine flu sends more blacks, Hispanics to hospital

The Chicago findings are believed to be the first published study to the ethnic breakdown of swine flu's impact
By Mike Stobbe
Associated Press

Swine flu was four times more likely to send blacks and Hispanics to the hospital than whites, according to a study in Chicago that offers one of the first looks at how the virus has affected different racial groups.

The report echoes some unpublished information from Boston that found three out of four Bostonians hospitalized from swine flu were black or Hispanic.

The cause for the difference is probably not genetic, health officials said. More likely, it's because blacks and Hispanics suffer disproportionately from asthma, diabetes and other health problems that make people more vulnerable to the flu.

It's not clear if a racial or ethnic difference will hold up when more complete national data is available, one federal health official said. The findings are based on fairly small numbers of cases from the early days of the pandemic.

"We don't have anything definitive to say one group is more affected than another," said Dr. Daniel Jernigan of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Chicago findings, released Thursday, are believed to be the first published study to detail a racial or ethnic breakdown of swine flu's impact.

Researchers looked at more than 1,500 lab-confirmed swine flu cases reported to the Chicago Department of Public Health from late April through late July.

Blacks with swine flu were hospitalized at a rate of 9 per 100,000, and Hispanics at a rate of 8 per 100,000. For whites, the rate was 2 per 100,000, the study found.

See: Swine flu sends more blacks, Hispanics to hospital


Anonymous said...

The geneticists can chill- out!! Look at socio-economic indices, slave food DI-et and the American junk-food DI-et, drug use and the lack of health care for the poor, prescription medication and the poisons that masquarade as drinking water etc that 'Blacks' miseducated on health take into their system.

It follows, that if African Americans and other 'minoritised' ethinc groups experience greater ill-health than the 'majoritised' Euro-gentile communities then their immune system would be more likely to be compromised or weakened and render them more succeptible to the Swine Flu Virus.

Eugenics has always been the first port of call by the scientific community when it comes to African and other non- Caucasions. It has been used to justify theories African genetic and psychological inferiority and enslavement.

Some how when it comes to 'Whites' and causative factors in dis-ease and illnesses the White researches tend to explore a myriad of other factors....possibly pinned on the already established delusional myth of 'white genetic superiority'

Do not get me wrong! I believe that medical research for causative factors of diseases and finding cures is a necesity since the human family have veered away from the preventative lifestyle of the 'Genesis' Braysheet.

I am cautious when the equation 'Blacks' and genetic findings come out of the racist scientific world. Eliminate the environmental factors and then look at genetics.

Call me paranoid! But that does not mean that the White man is not out to get us!!!

HalleluYah for the Rainforest--even that they are destroying. Thats why I am the:

Rainforest Princess.

Anonymous said...

we need to eat better not just go off and eat anything we see wakeup people

tifaeny said...

Hello kindlee and
beautiful day 2 all!

It's just interesting to see that the flu will be only given to those who don't know how it's really acquired?
I pray 4 our people 2 start educating themselves on health as taught in the Bible & quoted perfectly by Matthew in the scriptures.
the flew will be a top profit for many & a marriage 2 a immune defect 4 others.