Swine flu cases up 50%
By Steve Nowottny
The estimated number of swine flu cases in England rose by 50% in the past week, according to the Health Protection Agency.
The latest figures published today suggest a significant further rise in the number of cases as fears of a second wave of the pandemic grow.
HPA modelling, incorporating data from both the National Pandemic Flu Service and GP consultations, gives an estimate of 14,000 new cases in England last week (with a range of 7,000 to 30,000). The HPA said: 'This is a 50 percent rise since the previous week.'
GP consultation rates for flu-like illness in England rose to 22.2 per 100,000, up from 16.2 per 100,000 last week and 12.9 per 100,000 the week before that. The largest rises this week have been seen in the North West and Yorkshire and Humber regions.
According to latest figures there are currently 286 patients in England in hospital as a result of swine flu, while a total of 72 deaths related to swine flu have now been recorded.
The estimated number of swine flu cases rose 50% in England over the past week The estimated number of swine flu cases rose 50% in England over the past week