Calls to GPs about swine flu jump 50%16th July 2009
More than 40,000 people a week are now contacting their doctors over fears they have swine flu.
The figure marks a 46% increase on the previous week as the Royal College of GPs noted that more than 73 people per 100,000 reported flu-like illness in one week.
The five to 14 age group was worst affected and had the highest rate, at 159.57 per 100,000. Children aged up to four were the second highest rate at 114.12 per 100,000, followed by people aged 15 to 44, those aged 45 to 64 and then the 65 and over age group.
Worst affected areas are central England with cases at 94 per 100,000 while the north has seen a significant rise up from 6.6 to 37.16 per 100,000 in just a week.
The figures are based on a sample of 84 GP surgeries across the UK.
However, while cases are still high in the capital, London did see a small drop in swine flu.
The number of UK deaths linked to the swine flu virus currently stands at 17.
The weekly report from the RCGP's monitoring system said: "National incidence of influenza-like illness increased for all regions and is now evident in all age groups."
GPs have also raised concerns about aspects of the government’s handling of the pandemic and experts are concerned the H1N1 swine flu strain is affecting younger people.
A swine flu vaccine is due to be available at the end of August with a priority list of those most in need being drawn up.
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Title: Calls to GPs about swine flu jump 50%
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 12168
Date Added: 16th Jul 2009