Swine Flu

The word flu nowadays throws a switch labelled 1918, when living conditions and drugs were wholly different. This in turn triggers a sinister ­process without any sense of proportion - Simon Jenkins

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Science, public health policy makers and the worldwide public were confounded by the uncertainty, complexity and politics of pandemic influenza and the high emotions it inspires. Amid this confusion, the…

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