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  • UK 'unprepared for flu epidemic' (The Guardian, January 2 2014, extract)

    [Source: The Guardian, full page: (LINK). Extract.]


    UK 'unprepared for flu epidemic'

    by Denis Campbell


    Changes to NHS mean country will be unable to cope with major outbreak of disease, possibly leading to thousands of deaths. Britain is dangerously unprepared for a flu pandemic that could kill as many as 315,000 people, mainly because of changes the coalition has made to the NHS, a report claims.

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    Re: UK 'unprepared for flu epidemic' (The Guardian, January 2 2014, extract)

    Novel London pH1N1 2013 Case
    Displays
    Promiscuous Genetics

    Introduction

    On 2014-01-02, the <span style="color: #783f04;"><b>Health Protection Agency of the United Kingdom</b></span> released a <strong><span style="color: #4c1130;">pH1N1</span></strong>&nbsp;sequence with a&nbsp;<strong>GISAID</strong> submission date of 2013-12-30 that was sampled in London during November of 2013. No age, gender, patient status, vaccination status or outbreak metadata was provided.
    • <b><span style="color: maroon;">H7N9</span></b> Correlation <b><span style="color: #003300;">HA</span></b> <b><span style="color: blue;">116K</span></b>
    • <b><span style="color: maroon;">H7N9</span></b> Correlation <b><span style="color: #003300;">NA</span></b> <b><span style="color: blue;">48A</span></b> and <b><span style="color: blue;">321V</span></b>
    • <b><span style="color: maroon;">Host Transition </span><span style="color: #003300;">HA</span></b><b><span style="color: blue;">116K</span></b>
    • <b><span style="color: maroon;">Host Transition </span>Potential</b> <b><span style="color: #003300;">HA</span></b> <b><span style="color: blue;">218E</span></b>
    • <b><span style="color: maroon;">Novel</span><span style="color: #003300;"> Hemagglutinin<o:p></o:p></span></b>
    • <b><span style="color: maroon;">Novel</span><span style="color: #003300;"> Neuraminidase </span><span style="color: blue;">VISA</span></b>
    • <b><span style="color: #993300;">Clade2: 188T</span></b>
    On this same day, the Guardian news <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jan/02/uk-unprepared-flu-pandemic" target="_blank">outlet</a> asserted to no small response that the UK was not prepared for a flu epidemic. These reporters may be more accurate than they realise, but for an altogether different reason than they have developed in the filing . . .

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