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Thursday, December 23, 2010

London : 302 Britons in intensive care as H1N1 spreads

An article from Today Online :

" LONDON : Data from the Department of Health for England revealed on Tuesday that there were 302 people with the flu warded in intensive care beds.It is unclear how many have Influenza A (H1N1), but they are expected to be in the majority.New figures on the number of deaths from flu and H1N1 was expected to be released by the Health Protection Agency today.

Professor Dame Sally Davies, interim chief medical officer for England, said this season's flu was "just winter flu" but with H1N1 as the dominant strain."We have not got a pandemic," she said, but urged at-risk groups including pregnant women to get themselves vaccinated.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley briefed Cabinet colleagues on Tuesday morning on the flu situation and told them the National Health Service had plenty of capacity to deal with the upsurge in cases.

Prime Minister David Cameron told a press conference: "I think the figures on flu are quite similar to two years ago. They are a little worse than last year."

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