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Killer Aussie flu virus wreaks havoc in UK

By Richard van der Draay     Jan 4, 2009 in Health
The deadly Australian flu strain, Brisbane H3N2, that killed six children across four Australian states in 2007, is thought to be the cause of a major outbreak in the United Kingdom.
Health services are reported to be overwhelmed. Apparently, the killer Australian flu is behind the worst flu season in the country since the year 1999 when an estimated twenty-two thousand people succumbed.
Out of hours calls to GPs have risen sixty percent in certain areas over the holiday period.
Experts warn that flu will continue to run rampant across Europe in the New Year and that the Brisbane H3N2 strain will be dominant.
The UK's Health Protection Agency urges anyone aged sixty-five and over to receive a free flu jab.
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