The dreaded ‘Aussie flu’ is more severe than the Swine flu pandemic of 2009 which killed nearly 300,000 people across the world, an expert has warned.
Peter Horby, professor of emerging infectious diseases and global health at Oxford University, believes this winter ‘may well be worse than others’.
His fears come amid the emergence of H3N2, an aggressive strain of influenza A that rocked Australia during its winter and triggered triple the usual number of cases.
Some scientists fear H3N2, which has also struck France, could also prove as deadly to humanity as the Hong Kong flu in 1968 when one million people died.
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Professor Horby said: ‘Generally H3N2 tends to be a bit more severe than the H1N1 in 2009.’
However, Britain is being attacked by several strains simultaneously. Usually, just one subtype, either influenza A or B, is responsible for the majority of cases.