Chief medical officer warns against complacency over swine flu

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 08 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1904
  1. Rebecca Coombes
  1. 1BMJ

    The health secretary, Alan Johnson, and the chief medical officer for England, Liam Donaldson, have told the public not to become complacent about A/H1N1 flu and have warned that the hallmarks of a pandemic are still present.

    As news of the novel virus enters its third week, the signs are that the UK government’s policy of containment—including the closure of four schools—is working. The latest figures put the number of infected people in the United Kingdom at 34. No evidence has yet been shown in the UK of sustained, person to person transmission of the virus.

    Worldwide the number of cases has risen to 1518, with 29 confirmed deaths in Mexico; but in the House of Commons on Thursday 7 May …

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