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The swine flu pandemic is "considerably less lethal" than feared, with a death rate lower than 0.1%, research by England's chief medical officer shows.

Twenty-six people have died for every 100,000 cases in England, an analysis of deaths to November 8 revealed.

About 1% of the population in England has had swine flu with symptoms, of which 0.026% died, the research added.

Sir Liam Donaldson, the Government's chief medical officer for England, led the study, published online in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), which described the low death rates as "fortunate".

His study concluded: "The first influenza pandemic of the 21st century is considerably less lethal than was feared in advance."

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Dec 10th, 2009 at 12:23:12 PM EST
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