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Officials watch events in southern hemisphere as swine flu rates in UK slow down

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b3263 (Published 07 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3263
  1. Oona Mashta
  1. 1London

    Experts are closely monitoring how A/H1N1 influenza in the southern hemisphere, where the death rate from the virus is rising in some countries, to help predict what might happen in the United Kingdom over the winter months.

    The first wave of swine flu in England has passed its peak in recent days, indicate figures from the Health Protection Agency that show a substantial decrease in the overall number of new cases, doctors’ consultations, and use of the pandemic flu service.

    But in his weekly briefings on Thursday on …

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