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Another fall in new swine flu cases

Zone default image 59 deaths linked to virus

The total number of new swine flu cases in the UK has fallen again, according to latest figures released today.

Last week an estimated 11,000 new cases of swine flu were diagnosed in England, compared with 25,000 the week before and over 100,000 at the start of the month.

The number of people admitted to hospital due to infection with the virus also fell from 371 to 263. But the number of deaths linked to the virus has increased by 13 to 59.

The number of people going to their GP with flu like illness in England decreased from 30.9 to 21 consultations per 100,000 people.

The fall in case numbers was seen across the country and in all age groups.

The Health Protection Agency also reported that most illness caused by the virus is mostly mild, but can be severe in a small minority of cases.

The Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson said a second wave of swine flu is expected in the winter months.

This article was published on Thu 20 August 2009

Image © CDC C. S. Goldsmith and A. Balish

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