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Second wave of swine flu ‘on the horizon’

2nd October 2009

The UK is facing its second wave of the swine flu virus, the country’s chief medical officer has said, after a 50 per cent rise in cases was reported over the last week.

A statement from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) said that interpretation of the data related to new cases continues to be subject to some uncertainty.

Rates of the flu-like illness and related activity have shown further increases in England, with the largest rises in the north-west, Yorkshire and Humber, according to the HPA’s figures.

In a statement made today, the body said: “Disease severity continues to be monitored. The disease is generally mild in most people so far, but is proving severe in a small minority of cases.”

It added that swine flu hospitalisations in England due to H1N1 have risen to 286.

The largest increase in the virus was witnessed in the 25 to 44-year-old age group, where an increase from 8,796 to 12,055 was experienced from last week to this week.

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