A strong resurgence of the H1N1 strain of flu virus this season contributed to nearly 10,000 hospitalizations, according to federal health officials Thursday. Non-elderly adults were among the most affected populations.
More than 9,500 influenza-related hospitalizations were reported this season, according to the findings of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's latest Morbidity and Mortality weekly Report, with 57% of cases occurring among those between the ages of 18 and 64. Among those hospitalized, 88% reportedly had the deadly H1N1 virus, the same flu strain that the World Health Organization initially estimated was responsible for 18,000 deaths worldwide during 2009's flu pandemic. However, the H1N1 strain has since been attributed to as many as 200,000 deaths worldwide, according to the findings of a study published in the journal PLOS Medicine in November.