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New swine flu cases fall by 13%

By Lilian Anekwe

GP consultations for swine flu increased slightly last week, but the estimated number of swine flu infections in England fell by 13%, the latest figures show.

The weekly surveillance report by the Health Protection Agency reveal that the consultation rate for flu-like illness in England from rose to 39.2 per 100,000 of the population in week to Thursday 26 November, compared to 35.9 the previous week.

The highest consultation rates were seen in the under fives – earmarked last week to be the next in line to receive the swine flu jab, once all patients in priority groups have been vaccinated.

But the HPA modelling estimates that 46,000 new cases of swine flu were diagnosed over the week, down from 53,000 the week before.

Earlier this week the HPA estimated that one in five children in the UK had already had swine flu during the first wave of the pandemic.

The number of new swine flu cases has fallen by 13% over the past week

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