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Course of flu epidemic is hard to predict, says UK government adviser

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 14 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3746
  1. Oona Mashta
  1. 1London

    The second wave of swine flu is expected at the beginning of October at the earliest, the UK government’s chief scientific adviser has said.

    But John Beddington, co-chairman of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, set up to advise the UK government on pandemic influenza, said that at present it is difficult to predict how the virus is likely to affect the population. But the government is preparing for the worst case scenario.

    Speaking at the British Science Festival at the University of Surrey on Thursday, he said, “What is likely to happen will depend on …

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