Epidemic fear as flu cases surge

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Epidemic fear as flu cases surge

A spate of flu cases has fuelled fears that Britain may be on the brink of a Christmas epidemic, it was revealed yesterday.

Doctors in central England have reported two-and-a-half times the number of expected cases. Figures from 92 national "spotter practices" suggest 50,000 new cases last week.

The Royal College of General Practitioners says the outbreak has hit 90 per 100,000 population, up 30 on the week before. Similar figures this week will confirm an epidemic.