Health experts “surprised” by spread of virus in UK (Guardian)
Swine flu: health experts ’surprised’ by spread of virus in the UK
* Scientists were ‘caught napping’ by outbreak, says flu expert
* Under 30s at greatest risk from pandemic
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 14 July 2009 13.14 BST
One of the world’s most respected influenza scientists said today that health officials had been surprised by the spread of swine flu.
Dr Alan Hay, director of the London-based World Influenza Centre, said the extensive summer outbreak in Britain had not followed expected patterns and warned the Department of Health needed to be prepared for a more deadly form of the disease.
“We have been a little surprised by the degree of spread of this virus. A few weeks ago we anticipated that this was going to be a short series of outbreaks that would probably peter out before reappearing in the autumn or winter and that has proved not to be the case.”
Originally posted: Health experts “surprised” by spread of virus in UK (Guardian)