160 already in Thailand. Updated 05.08.09 .. and more and more everyday.
That sounds like a lot, considering the official worldwide numbers from the WHO are a bit over 1100, with most of them in the USA. Is Thailand accurately reporting these to the WHO? Official numbers for infections worldwide are at 160,000.
To put this in perspective, the 1918 pandemic infected 500million or >30% of the global population, of which over 10% died (IE >2,5% of the total opulation). Interestingly, there were some big differences in per capita deaths in 1981-1919, for example
Japan was just below average at ~2% (1in50)
The USA was over at 4% (1in25)
India (then including P akistan and Bangladesh) at over 7% (1in14).
The Netherlands despite housing a MILLION (yes 1,000,000) refugees from Belgium, France and Germany because of WW.1, "only" had 27,000 deaths. (1in250)
But having these kinds of numbers in this day and age would be totally unacceptable.
I'm still puzzled why we keep calling it Mexican Flu' though, as it most likely originated from the US, much like the 1918 "Spanish" Flu'...Swine flu' is as much a misnomer, when it's simply a variant of regular flu (also an H1N1 strand).