Swine flu cases remain below normal seasonal levels

Swine flu cases remain below normal seasonal flu levels in England and Wales, new figures show.

Sir Liam Donaldson's weekly swine flu briefings will now cease as levels remain low
Sir Liam Donaldson's weekly swine flu briefings will now cease as levels remain low

The consultation rate for flu-like illness last week was:

  • 19.9 per 100,000 in England
  • 17.2 per 100,000 in Wales

Both rates are below the ‘baseline' level of 30 per 100,000 for seasonal flu activity in England.

The latest figures for cases per 100,000 in Scotland and Northern Ireland remain slightly higher:

  • 112.8 in Scotland
  • 55.5 in Northern Ireland

Reduced levels of swine flu activity has led the Health Protection Agency (HPA) to decide to cease producing weekly figures for flu-like illness levels in England. Such figures have been issued in a weekly pandemic flu media update.

The HPA's decision follows the DoH's announcement that  it will no longer be conducting weekly briefing for journalists on swine flu.

'Given the lack of sufficient new content, the department has decided to stand-down the weekly swine flu briefings,' a spokesman said.

A fortnightly bulletin will be now be issued, with an interpretative quote from the England's chief medical officer.

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* Editor's blog: Is it goodbye to swine flu? (Or simply au revoir?)

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