MRSA found in UK poultry

The first case of MRSA in poultry in the UK has been found in turkeys and chickens on a farm in East Anglia says the Department of Health (DH).A spokesman said that two thirds of the turkeys on the farm, which hasn’t been named, were found to be infected. It

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More swine flu deaths last winter than during pandemic

More people died after contracting swine flu in Britain last winter than during the previous year’s pandemic. Official figures show there were at least 562 deaths linked to the H1N1 virus during the most recent “season” compared with 474 in the global outbreak of 2009. The young and the middle

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Flu vaccination call for all children from doctors

The doctor parents of a three year old girl who died from swine flu have called for all children to be vaccinated against the virus. Lana Ameen, who had no underlying health problems, died in hospital on Boxing Day, two days after apparently catching a cold and developing a high

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Pregnant women denied flu jabs say midwives

Pregnant women were denied the seasonal flu jab in some parts of the UK, before swine flu began claiming more lives, because not all GPs were aware that mothers-to-be had been made a priority group to receive the jab this winter. Louise Silverton, deputy general secretary of the Royal College

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Swine flu- NHS hospitals gridlocked

The NHS is in “gridlock”, with hospitals across the country being forced to declare that they have reached the highest level of emergency because of flu and other winter viruses. Britain’s most senior accident and emergency doctor said that four weeks of intense pressures had left casualty departments “overwhelmed” with

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Young not taking swine flu vaccine

Young people are at a greater risk from swine flu than the over-60s but are more reluctant to get vaccinated, an expert has warned. Professor John Oxford, from Queen Mary, University of London, said pensioners would have been exposed to the virus in the 1940s and 1950s. He explained older

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Flu cases rise 40 per cent claim GPs

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) reported that cases of flu in England and Wales reached 124.4 per 100,000 of the population in the week ending December 26.There were 85.8 per 100,000 cases in the previous week. A Department of Health spokesman said: ”These figures are in keeping with

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Swine flu- half of worst afflicted were previously in good health

Fears of a major swine flu crisis are growing after a letter from the country’s top doctor warned that half of the most severe cases have involved people who were previously healthy. Professor Dame Sally Davies, the Government’s chief medical officer, has written to all GPs and NHS hospitals warning

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