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Flu website crashes on first day

24th July 2009

The government's National Pandemic Flu Service site crashed on launch day after receiving 2,600 hits per second.

Visitors to the site were told the site was too busy and could not deal with requests, and asked them to try again later. Chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson told the BBC: “We have quadrupled capacity but we’re not expecting people to remain curious for very long.”

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