diagnosis of 'swine flu'
I am An Inner City GP in England, in the past 3 or 4 week I have
been seeing patient with what I suspect is H1N1 'swine flu', I am
treating some of these cases with antiviral medication. The numbers of
people that I diagnose will go toward making up the numbers of the UK flu
epidemic numbers. But I am not allowed to take swabs on even a proportion
of the cases. So that even in retrospect I will not be able to see if my
diagnoses are correct. The computer saying 'rubbish in , rubbish out'
comes to mind when assessing the UK statistics. Incidentally the numbers
of patients with fever, myalgia and what I take to be 'swine flu' went
down last week as compared to the week before. I await the late Autumn and
winter with interest. Pat Lush
Competing interests: No competing interests