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Alert over second wave of swine flu.

Byline: TOM BODDEN

HEALTH officials will remain vigilant for a more widespread wave of swine flu this autumn.

Welsh health minister Edwina Hart told AMs that during previous pandemics, the flu virus abated in the summer before re-emerging in the winter.

She said: "We must remember that more deaths normally happen in winter than in summer and that this can partly be attributed to seasonal flu." During the last major seasonal flu epidemic in 1999/2000 there were 21,000 excess deaths in England and Wales.

There are still no confirmed cases of swine flu in Wales. Fifty suspected cases have been ruled out leaving 18 under investigation. All these patients are related to travel in Mexico and the USA.

It is too early to say whether this is a flu-like illness similar to seasonal winter flu, she said..

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 7, 2009
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