GENEVA — The World Health Organization said Friday that 34,448 cases of AIDS were reported worldwide by Nov. 14 with the United States accounting for 77% of them.
The health organization said the United States has reported 26,566 cases since AIDS--acquired immune deficiency syndrome--first appeared in 1979, with all other reporting countries below the 1,000 level.
France was second with 997 cases while Canada and Brazil were third and fourth with 755 and 754 cases, respectively.
"Since August 1985, when global AIDS case reporting began in WHO, the number of countries reporting cases of AIDS has increased from 35 to 77," the organization said in a weekly report.
"The data from the United States of America accounts for 77% of all cases, which reflects the severity of the epidemic and excellence of AIDS surveillance in that country," the group said.