Swine flu deaths at more than half a million worldwide

Using a new model, researchers calculated that between 151,700 and 575,500 people died in the first year of the pandemic.

They estimated there were 201,000 respiratory deaths (within a range of 105,700 to 395,600) and 83,300 cardiovascular deaths (within a range of 40,000 to 179,900) associated with the pandemic.

Some 18,500 laboratory confirmed deaths were reported worldwide for the period from April 2009 to August 2010.

“Our global estimate was more than 15 times higher than the number of laboratory confirmed deaths reported to World Health Organisation (WHO) during the first 16 months of the pandemic,