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UK government predicts 100 000 new A/H1N1 flu cases a day by September

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 03 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2721
  1. Daniel Henderson
  1. 1BMJ

    The UK government is planning for a rapid rise in the number of cases of A/H1N1 flu and is limiting provision of antiviral drugs to people with symptoms, while excluding asymptomatic contacts of infected people. The move comes after the revelation that up to 100 000 new cases of the infection could emerge each day by the end of August.

    Laboratory based diagnosis of swine flu is to be stopped, and diagnosis should instead be made clinically by GPs. The government advises doctors to stop routine swabbing …

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