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Flu outbreak may be levelling out in UK

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 14 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d268
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

The number of people in the United Kingdom with confirmed or suspected flu needing critical care fell in the week ending 13 January to 661, down from 783 in the previous week, signalling that the outbreak may be levelling out.

The number of deaths from flu in the UK verified by the Health Protection Agency is 112 so far in the current flu season. Although this seems like a large jump from last week’s verified total of 50 deaths, most of these didn’t occur in the last week but over the Christmas period and have only just been verified.

The rate of GP consultations for flu-like illnesses also rose slightly …

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