Monday, November 30, 2009

First wave of swine flu has probably passed

The first wave of swine flu, which has killed at least 59 people in Germany, appears to be subsiding, doctors told news magazine Der Spiegel in a report published Saturday.

The number of patients with acute respiratory illnesses in Bavaria had dropped compared with two weeks ago, according to figures obtained by the magazine.

“That is a gentle trend,” said Susanne Glasmacher, spokeswoman for the Robert Koch Institute, the federal centre charged with disease control and prevention.

The situation is also improving in the north of the country. Doris Schrage of the Altona Children’s Hospital in Hamburg, told Spiegel: “The big wave of infections has probably already passed.”

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