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Swine Flu: Northamptonshire

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what trends have been identified in the incidence of swine influenza in Northamptonshire. (290889)

Information on influenza-like illness by primary care trust is published on the Health Protection Agency website at:

www.hpa.org.uk/hpr/infections/primarycare.htm

Influenza-like illness has been declining in recent weeks, following a peak in July.

We are now relying on clinical diagnosis instead of laboratory confirmation to identify cases of swine flu and so no longer have detailed data about the precise number of cases. The estimated total number of cases of swine flu is mathematically modelled for England each week using the available surveillance information and the downward trend in cases is continuing.