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Latest swine flu figures revealed

Sickness in the workplace. Photo By LEHTIKUVA OY / REX FEATURES
Sickness in the workplace. Photo By LEHTIKUVA OY / REX FEATURES

Latest figures for swine flu in Kent show more than 50 cases in every 100,000 people.

In early July the rate of people reporting flu-like symptoms to their GP within the West Kent PCT was 51 per every 100,000 people.

That compares to 56 people in the areas covered by the Eastern and Coastal Kent Primary Care Trust and around 50 people in Medway.

The UK average is 87 cases of flu-like illness within every 100,000 people.

Forty anti-viral collection points have now been set up across Maidstone and west Kent as health bosses try to contain the spread the flu.

The news comes as a national swine flu helpline and website for people in England was set up today.

This afternoon the national helpline and website were launched - 1,500 non-medical staff will use a checklist to decide whether callers should be given Tamiflu.

There are fears they could mis-diagnose a caller's symptoms or miss more serious illnesses.

The web address is: www.direct.gov.uk/pandemicflu

The hotline number is 0800 15 13 100.

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