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Swine 'flu update 2

The World Health Organisation (WHO) report that there have now been 8480 confirmed cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection in 39 countries with 72 fatalities. The pandemic alert remains at Stage 5.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) report 101 confirmed cases in the UK up to 17th May with the majority of cases occurring in London.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has also launched an online area with the aim of ensuring continued access to medicines and medical devices during the pandemic period.

Finally, the health minister and chief medical officer have warned the public not to become complacent about the threat still posed by this virus.

Action: Clinicians should be aware of the latest information. Although the situation appears to be under control at the moment this could easily change.