WASHINGTON, June 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
SATURDAY, JUNE 26: AIDS
Profile America -- Saturday, June 26th. This month in 1981, the Centers for Disease Control described a new illness -- which was officially named Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome -- or AIDS. Shortly afterwards, the virus that causes the disease was identified and named HIV, Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Research showed the first person to succumb to the illness in the developed world died in 1959. It's estimated that close to 600,000 Americans have died of AIDS, while the worldwide toll is over 25 million. In the U.S., some 38,000 new cases of AIDS are reported each year, and it's estimated that some 470,000 people are currently living with the disease. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2010, p. 309
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 178, 181
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau