Experts see higher swine flu cases in Boston's minority groups

08/18/2009 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

More than 75% of Bostonians hospitalized because of swine flu were either black or Hispanic, a health official in Boston said. The finding could be attributed to crowding in dense urban communities that spreads the virus more quickly and to chronic conditions prevalent in black and Hispanic neighborhoods that make them more vulnerable to the H1N1 virus. "It's definitely a very important observation that we need to track," a state health official said.

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