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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Australia : Health experts warn of bad flu season

Article from ABC News :

" Health authorities in north Queensland are warning this year's flu season could be worse than usual.

Dr Steven Donohue from Queensland Health says there has already been a notable increase in cases.

He says swine flu seems to be occurring outside the traditional flu season.

"In 2009 when the new pandemic flu, or swine flu as some people called it, came out, I think that sort of upset the apple cart of the way that the annual flu outbreak's working," he said.

"That flu is still around and it's still one of the main ones that we're seeing in Australia at the moment."

Dr Donohue says the rise in cases is a concern for authorities heading into winter

"Yes, already in fact even from earlier in the year, we've seen quite a lot more flu than we would normally would at this time of year and chances are it could be quite a big flu season coming up over the winter period," he said."

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