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Health department starts to stockpile masks for clinicians to combat swine flu

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 29 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1800
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    The Department of Health is planning to stockpile huge numbers of extra facemasks for clinicians to use in preparation for a possible pandemic of swine influenza.

    Keeping the public informed is also being treated as a priority as the government is putting together an information leaflet that will be sent to every household in the United Kingdom next week.

    An outbreak of swine flu is thought to have killed around 159 people in Mexico, although cases officially confirmed by the World Health Organization put the death toll at seven, with confirmed cases of flu found in people in Scotland, the United …

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