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Bird flu is threatening to throw KFC's owner Yum Brands, the biggest foreign fast-food chain operator in China, off its 11-year course of double-digit profit growth.

First person: 'I was attacked by a rottweiler'

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Simon Calder: Treat the travel bug with common sense

The last travel-related bug to cause such consternation was less tangible. A decade ago the tourism industry worked itself into a frenzy predicting the likely effects of the "Millennium Bug", when the clocks driving primitive computers ticked over from year 99 to 00.

Jeremy Lauramce: Will the NHS run out of beds for critically ill children?

The death of Nicholas Geldard still strikes fear into the hearts of children's specialists – and will be on the minds of ministers and chief medical officers as the UK prepares for what is likely to be its worst winter flu season for a generation.

Swine flu: the official Department of Health news release

New service will relieve pressure on GPs and NHS

Oliver Wright: Trying out the swine flu self diagnosis website

I’ve just been on the self-diagnosis website of the National Pandemic flu service. For a male hypochondriac like me it’s a scary experience.

Swine flu leaps to 100,000 suspects in a week

There have been an estimated 100,000 new cases of swine flu reported in England since last week and 840 patients are in hospital with the virus, 63 of them in intensive care, the Department of Health said.

Met Police hit by 272 swine flu cases

Britain's largest police force has been struck by 272 cases of suspected swine flu, it emerged today.

Swine flu: Tales from the front line of pandemic Britain

A rising death toll... Conflicting advice for pregnant women... New dedicated Tamiflu depots and NHS helplines. The H1N1 virus is spreading. And for many Britons, the pandemic is already shaping everyday life

Swine flu girl died of septic shock

A six-year-old girl with swine flu died of septic shock following a bout of tonsilitis, it was announced today.

Labour by-election candidate has swine flu

Labour's candidate in this week's Norwich North by-election is being treated for suspected swine flu, the party said today.

Pregnancy swine flu advice could change

Pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems could be advised to stay away from crowds for a period of a "few weeks" should the swine flu reach "big numbers" in the autumn, the chief medical officer has said.

Government tries to calm swine flu panic

Reassurance for pregnant women from Chief Medical Officer
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