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Alaska Natives hospitalized for flu at highest rate


Alaska Natives in Anchorage are more likely to be hospitalized for H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu, than any other group, according to a federal-state study.

Of the 59 people hospitalized recently, 15 were Alaska Native. That comes to a rate of 50 per 100,000, the highest of any racial or ethnic group in the city.

Of the Alaska Natives who were hospitalized, 58 percent were younger than 24. And 73 percent had an underlying disease or condition that put them at a high risk.

The study only looked at hospitalizations in Anchorage.

Get the Story:
H1N1 follows ethnic pattern (The Anchorage Daily News 11/28)

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