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Health chiefs predict 20,000 East Enders to be hit by swine flu

PUBLISHED: 08:00 18 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:54 05 October 2010

by Gemma Collins MORE than 20,000 East Enders are likely to be struck with swine flu during a two-week `peak , health chiefs have predicted. At least 12 per cent of the pop

by Gemma Collins

MORE than 20,000 East Enders are likely to be struck with swine flu during a two-week `peak', health chiefs have predicted.

At least 12 per cent of the population of Tower Hamlets are expected to experience swine flu symptoms when the second wave of the virus hits the borough, according to an NHS Tower Hamlets report.

So far Tower Hamlets has had the highest number of swine flu cases in the country, with 12,000 patients suffering with flu-like symptoms and around 2,590 cases reported in the 'peak' week in mid-July.

Experts have warned that a second wave of the virus is likely to be at its peak in London between the beginning of October and the end of November.

But bosses at NHS Tower Hamlets say they have been using the recent "lull" to prepare for a second pandemic.

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