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Hawaii has billions to lose if swine flu spreads to state

April 29, 2009
Associated Press

An outbreak as severe as the 1918 flu pandemic, which infected 12,000 people in Hawaii and caused 32 deaths, would infect 365,000 people in the islands and kill 10,000, according to the Trust for America's Health.

The economic stakes in Hawaii are higher than in any other state except Nevada, according to the organization. In a severe pandemic, according to a 2007 report by the organization, Hawaii could lose $3.6 billion, representing a 6.6 percent drop in the state's economy. States with economies relying on tourism and entertainment could be the hardest hit, it explained

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