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Scientist warns of swine flu return

Published on 22/04/2010
The UK may not be "completely out of the woods yet" in the fight against swine flu, a leading scientist has claimed.

Professor Robert Dingwall, from the Institute for Science and Society at the University of Nottingham, said that the disease could return in the winter when the regular flu season gets underway.

This is despite the relatively minor impact of the first wave of the H1N1 strain compared to what had initially been feared.

"It's already the case that pandemic H1N1 cases are being reported," he said. "That does not mean that it's going to go on to be a major outbreak but it does mean we cannot relax our vigilance too much."

Professor Dingwall also defended the government against allegations they had overreacted to the threat of the initial outbreak saying they are "damned if they act and damned if they don't".

According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, 362 confirmed swine flu-related deaths had been reported in the UK as of January 2010.
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