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New H1N1 flu cases reduced in UK
The number of estimated new swine flu cases has fallen significantly in the past week, the Health Protection Agency has announced. The consultation rate for flu-like illness in England from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) scheme decreased to 36.0 per 100,000 in week 45 compared to 37.7 in week 44.

Sunbeds should not be used for cosmetic tanning
Sunbeds should be off limits to the under 18s and should not be used for cosmetic tanning - say scientists at the Health Protection Agency.

Swine flu vaccine candidate prepared by UK
A strain of virus suitable for vaccine manufacture has now been produced and is being made available to the pharmaceutical industry and other flu laboratories.

vCJD prion protein found in a patient with haemophilia at post mortem
The patient, who was over 70 years old, died of a condition unrelated to vCJD and had shown no symptoms of vCJD or any other neurological condition prior to his death. The vCJD abnormal prion protein was only identified during post mortem research tests.

European influenza viruses resistant to tamiflu, oseltamivir
Preliminary surveillance into antiviral drug susceptibility against seasonal flu viruses currently circulating in Europe has revealed that some of the A (H1N1) viruses (13%) have shown resistance to the antiviral drug, oseltamivir (Tamiflu). These viruses however, remain sensitive to the antivirals, zanamivir and amantadine.

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