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Europe must get used to flu outbreaks

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One of Europe’s leading anti-flu scientists has said the continent must get used to further outbreaks of the virus.

In an interview with euronews, Professor Marc Van Ranst said people should be worried but not panic about the latest strain of flu. ‘‘This should not be a disaster, this can be contained at the source or at the entry port, but I think there’s reason to be worried, to be vigilant but there is not reason to panic,’‘ he said. Even though health officials say work has begun on a swine flu vaccine, Ranst admitted the deadly bug would cause fatalities. ‘‘You can not really contain a pandemic, you can try to manage it a little bit and mitigate the circumstances but you can not avoid that there will be fatalities so there will be sick people.’‘