Middle East/Asia: Crunching the swine flu numbers

Report
from The New Humanitarian
Published on 18 Nov 2009
DUBAI, 18 November 2009 (IRIN) - More people have died from H1N1 influenza in Iran than in any of the 22 countries in the World Health Organization (WHO) Eastern Mediterranean Region, according to WHO's 14 November update.

With 33 deaths to date, Iran made up about 17 percent of the 188 total deaths in the region since May 2009. Saudi Arabia has had 28 deaths, Oman 25 and Syria 22.

Syria had by far the highest rate of deaths to cases with 9.5 percent of all cases being fatalities. This was followed by Yemen with a 2.5 percent rate, Afghanistan 1.7 percent and Iran 1.5 percent.

Kuwait had the highest number of cases with 6,640 (23 percent of all 28,751 cases in the region), followed by Saudi Arabia with 4,119; Oman 3,829; and Egypt 2,494.

Kuwait also had the highest number of cases per capita (populations taken from CIA Factbook) with 2.46 cases per 1,000 in the population, followed by Oman with 1.12 cases per 1,000 and Bahrain with 1.10 cases per 1,000.

Since WHO's last regional H1N1 update on 7 November, Egypt has had the highest number of new cases, with 850, followed by Iraq with 561, Iran with 515 and Oman with 500.

Somalia reported its first two cases at the start of November.

As of 8 November, WHO reported that there were over 503,536 global cases of H1N1 with at least 6,260 deaths. However, it noted that because countries are "no longer required to test and report individual cases, the number of cases reported actually understates the real number of cases".

WHO segments the world into six regions: Africa, the least affected region, had 2.9 percent of the global total of H1N1 cases; the Eastern Mediterranean Region 5.1 percent; Southeast Asia 8.8 percent; Europe 15.5 percent; the Western Pacific 29.8 percent and the Americas 37.9 percent.

Country
Total laboratory-confirmed cases reported by the state parties
Total deaths reported by the state parties
Afghanistan
779
14
Bahrain
793
6
Djibouti
9
0
Egypt
2,494
7
Iraq
1,835
9
Islamic Republic of Iran
2,153
33
Jordan
2,380
4
Kuwait
6,640
17
Lebanon
761
2
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
21
0
Morocco
824
0
Oman
3,829
25
Pakistan
6
1
Palestine
901
1
Qatar
23
1
Saudi Arabia
4,119
28
Somalia
2
0
Sudan
21
0
Syrian Arab Republic
230
22
Tunisia
141
0
United Arab Emirates
79
0
Yemen
711
18
Total
28,751
188


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