Suffolk swine flu risk 'low'

HEALTHCARE providers have today moved to reassure people in Suffolk that the risk of catching swine flu is “very low”, despite the recent outbreak in Mexico, the US and some other countries.

HEALTHCARE providers have today moved to reassure people in Suffolk that the risk of catching swine flu is “very low”, despite the recent outbreak in Mexico, the US and some other countries.

NHS Suffolk has announced that there have been no known cases in the county but is ensuring that frontline staff are prepared should cases be confirmed in the UK.

The government says a stockpile of antiviral drugs should be enough to treat up to 50 per cent of the population if they become ill.

In Suffolk the necessary plans are being put in place to ensure their distribution if the situation worsens.


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Dr Brian Keeble, public health medicine consultant, said: “We are working closely with our colleagues in the Health Protection Agency, and our partners in the NHS East of England to monitor the situation.”

Anyone who has visited one of the areas where human cases of influenza have been identified should monitor their health closely for seven days afterwards.

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If they develop a feverish illness accompanied by a cough, sore throat, headache and muscle aches, they should stay at home and contact their GP by phone or seek advice from NHS Direct on 0845 4647.

General infection control practices and good hand hygiene can help to stop the spread of all viruses, including the human strain of swine influenza.

In addition, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is now advising against all but essential travel to Mexico. For further information, visit the FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk

For further information, visit the Department of Health website at www.dh.gov.uk/en/index.htm

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