Swine flu: Symptoms and advice

HEALTH bosses in the region are urging people returning from areas known to be infected with swine flu to remain vigilant of the symptoms associated with the potentially fatal illness.

HEALTH bosses in the region are urging people returning from areas known to be infected with swine flu to remain vigilant of the symptoms associated with the potentially fatal illness.

Anyone who has visited one of the countries or areas where human cases of influenza have been identified should monitor their health closely for seven days after the visit to the affected area.

If during this period they develop a feverish illness accompanied by one or more of 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.

The public are also being reminded that the chance of catching swine flu is very low.