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DoH: Swine flu prescriptions fall by 50%

28th August 2009

The number of prescriptions being issued for swine flu anti-viral drugs has fallen by 50 per cent in Northern Ireland within the last week, the Department of Health (DoH) has stated.

According to the DoH, the number of reported cases of swine flu in the region has fallen from 1,059 last week to just 577 within the last seven days.

Additionally, there have been fewer GP consultations for flu, it revealed, although the number is still noticeably higher than it was the same time last year.

Regardless of these statistics, however, the UK must not be caught out when it comes to outbreaks of swine flu and the healthcare industry and government must remain on their guard, said UK chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson.

He explained: “We don’t know what will happen next, but our best guess is that we will get some kind of rise during our flu season.”

So far, 66 people have died in the UK after contracting the H1N1 virus, reported the Press Association.

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