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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.

Swine flu jabs boost GSK sales

Glaxosmithkline revealed a further boost from last year's swine flu crisis yesterday as it said H1N1 treatments helped first-quarter sales surge 13 per cent.

David Prosser: So how much did swine flu cost us?

Outlook: Gordon Brown's announcement of the election date on 5 April rather blew all other Government news out of the water.

Swine flu helps GSK to 13% sales surge

Pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline revealed a further boost from last year's swine flu crisis today as it said H1N1 treatments helped first quarter sales surge 13 per cent.

Governments accused of panicking over swine flu

A blizzard of inquiries into the handling of the swine flu pandemic, which began one year ago, have been launched amid allegations that governments around the world over-reacted to the threat.

Swine flu causes huge rise in hospital admissions

The number of days people spent in hospital beds with flu in 2009 was up 700 per cent on 2008, data showed today.

Government cuts H1N1 vaccine order by two-thirds

The Department of Health and GlaxoSmithKline yesterday agreed to cut the number of doses of swine flu vaccine the Government will buy from the group by about two-thirds, after the H1N1 virus proved to be far less devastating than first feared.

Experts examine WHO swine flu response

Experts will investigate the World Health Organisation's response to the swine flu outbreak and probably examine whether it could have been clearer when it declared a pandemic of what turned out to be a relatively mild disease.

Colin Blakemore: In a mess over mephedrone

Decisions need to be made free of political and media pressures

Review of the Year 2009: Swine flu

The pandemic that never quite arrived

The top Facebook trends of 2009

Farmville, FML and swine flu topped the Facebook trend charts this year





Manchester City in swine flu scare

Manchester City have been hit by a swine flu scare.

Swine flu delays sentencing of fire attack pair

The sentencing of two men who set a man alight as he slept on a train was adjourned today as one of them is suffering from swine flu.

Strain of swine flu found that is resistant to drugs

A strain of swine flu resistant to the anti-viral drug Tamiflu is spreading from person to person, health officials in Wales confirmed last night

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