Swine Flu Soars in England

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2009 5:20 AM CDT
People wear masks as they stand outside the Houses of Parliament in London.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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(Newser) – Diagnosed cases of swine flu have jumped sixfold in some parts of England over the last week, the Guardian reports. Suspected cases have risen almost 50% across the country. The pandemic has killed 16 people in the UK so far. British doctors say they are being overwhelmed by patients demanding the antiviral drug Tamiflu, and they complain that conflicting advice from the government is creating hysteria.