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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.

Blackburn hit with third swine flu case

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed that a third member of his squad has come down with swine flu ahead of tomorrow's fourth round Carling Cup tie against Peterborough.

Obama declares swine flu a 'national emergency'

President Barack Obama has signed a proclamation declaring H1N1 swine flu a national emergency, according to the White House. The proclamation, which Mr Obama signed on Friday night, will make it easier for US medical facilities to handle a surge in patients by allowing the waiver of some requirements of Medicare, Medicaid and other federal health insurance programmes as needed, the White House said in a statement.

Rise in swine flu cases prompts warning of tough winter for NHS

A sharp increase in the number of patients with swine flu admitted to critical care, many of them young, was highlighted by government experts yesterday as they warned the NHS faced a tough winter ahead. The number of deaths in the UK has risen to 128, more than half of them of people aged under 45. In England the number of patients in critical care has risen to 99, the highest since the pandemic began.

Flu jabs campaign starts with health workers

Andy Burnham, the Health Secretary, launched a mass immunisation programme against swine flu yesterday, with a call to frontline health and social care workers to get themselves vaccinated against the virus.

Family not told daughter died of swine flu

Health chiefs at Northern Ireland's Western Trust are facing growing demands to explain why the family of a teenage girl who died with swine flu was not told she had the virus until two days after her funeral.

Two die after contracting swine flu in Scotland

Two more people have died after contracting swine flu, the Scottish Government has said.

Indigenous tribes more vulnerable in swine flu outbreaks

Pandemic expected to hit remote, poverty-stricken communities far harder than wealthy Westerners

Leading article: Better safe than sorry

Whatever happened to the swine flu pandemic? Instead of the rapidly mounting "second wave" we were warned of three weeks ago, the disease is now said to in a "slow burn", whose peak may turn out to be lower than previously thought. Critics who accused the Government months ago of crying wolf will be rubbing their hands in anticipation of being proved right. Don't be fooled by them.

Swine flu vaccines tested on children

Swine flu vaccinations have been given to 500 children in a trial to determine their effectiveness. The study involves 600 children aged six months to 12 years and began a week ago in Bristol, Oxford, Southampton, Exeter and London.

'Lucky break' as spread of swine flu slows down

Britain may be experiencing a "lucky break" as the rate at which swine flu is spreading slows, the Chief Medical Officer said.

'Lucky break' as UK swine flu spread slows

The UK may be experiencing a "lucky break" as the rate of swine flu spread slows, the chief medical officer said today.

Sean O'Grady: Why mass immunisation is essential

Whatever the cost to the taxpayer of immunising people against swine flu turns out be, it will almost certainly be money well spent if it helps slow the spread of the disease and minimises the gigantic damage to the economy it is likely to inflict in terms of days off sick and lost output.

Swine flu: the risks for children

The H1N1 virus is back, and the young are most vulnerable. Just how worried should we be – and how can we keep our children safe? Jeremy Laurance gets the answers from Britain's leading paediatrician

Portable machine to help swine flu victims developed

A portable version of a life-saving machine that has been used to treat seriously ill swine flu victims is being developed, scientists revealed today

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