H1N1 deadliest among the young

October 20, 2009 2:01:03 PM PDT
The H1N1 virus takes its greatest toll on younger people.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports most of the 292 H1N1 related deaths since September 1 were among people younger than 65.

The numbers are the opposite of the seasonal flu. During a normal season, most of the flu fatalities are in people over the age of 80.

Researchers are calling the H1N1 virus a young person's disease.

The virus is in 41 states, including Illinois, and the mortality rate has reached epidemic proportions.