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Letters A/H1N1 flu pandemic

Life threatening infections labelled swine flu

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 13 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c137
  1. Catherine F Houlihan, specialty trainee in infectious diseases1,
  2. Sanjay Patel, registrar2,
  3. David A Price, consultant in infectious diseases1,
  4. Manoj Valappil, consultant virologist3,
  5. Uli Schwab, consultant in infectious diseases1
  1. 1Department of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Diseases, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4LP
  2. 2Department of Paediatric Infectious Diseases/Immunology, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 6BE
  3. 3North East England Regional Laboratory, Health Protection Agency, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 6BE
  1. catherine.houlihan{at}

    Algorithms for remote diagnosis and issue of antiviral drugs are indispensable during a pandemic.1 Their application through the National Pandemic Flu Service to both high and low prevalence areas is, however, controversial, and the lack of specificity in the use of the algorithm has been highlighted by Payne et al and at November’s …

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