Update on confirmed swine flu cases: 08 May 20098 May 2009HPA - UUpdate on confirmed swine flu cases: 08 May 2009Five further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu, bringing the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 39.
== Confirmed UK Cases as at 07 May 2009 == : 39
== Cases currently under laboratory investigation as at 17:00 06 May 2009 : 426 *
* Cases currently under laboratory investigation change on a daily basis on account of some of those under assessment being discounted and new ones being introduced. The figure quoted above is correct at the time stated.
Testing of the swine flu virus is carried out by the Health Protection Agency's laboratories.
The first new case is an adult associated with the London school where six pupils were diagnosed with swine flu earlier this week. The four additional cases are children who also attend that school. The South East London Health Protection Unit has been working closely with the school. Antivirals have already been given to all children and staff as a precautionary measure.
All patients are recovering at home. Close contacts of these cases are receiving antivirals as a precautionary measure.
Advice remains that individuals returning from affected areas who become unwell within seven days of their return, or contacts of a confirmed or probable case of swine flu who are exhibiting symptoms should stay at home and contact their GP or NHS Direct on 0845 4647. Individuals will be assessed and, if necessary, testing and treatment will be provided.
General infection control practices and good respiratory hand hygiene can help to reduce transmission of all viruses, including swine flu.
- Covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, using a tissue when possible
- Disposing of dirty tissues promptly and carefully
- Maintaining good basic hygiene, for example washing hands frequently with soap and water to reduce the spread of the virus from your hands to face or to other people
- Cleaning hard surfaces (e.g. door handles) frequently using a normal cleaning product
- Making sure your children follow this advice
Further information on swine flu is available on the Health Protection Agency's website at www.hpa.org.uk
The Department of Health has set up a swine flu information line for the public on 0800 1 513 513.
Copies of a leaflet being distributed at all ports of entry into the UK providing passengers arriving in the UK with information on swine flu are available at http://www.hpa.org.uk/web/HPAwebFile/HPAweb_C/1240986139568
The Health Protection Agency is providing expert advice and support to the UK government, NHS and other organisations.
- Enhancing the Agency’s presence at airports in England to provide all passengers arriving from Mexico with information and advice on swine flu.
- A leaflet produced by the Health Protection Agency, the Department of Health and the UK Borders Agency is being made available at all ports of entry into the UK providing passengers arriving in the UK with information on swine flu.
- Specialist liaison to the UK Embassy in Mexico to aid the UK effort to tackle swine flu.
- In association with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), the HPA has produced standard practical advice for healthcare professionals investigating individuals with possible swine influenza infection, including contact details of local health protection units.
- Advice has been issued for schools. Measures including deciding to close temporarily or offer antivirals as a precautionary measure are only advised when a case is strongly suspected or confirmed within a school community. These decisions are a matter for local determination on a case by case basis by schools, working with the Health Protection Agency, NHS Primary Care Trusts and local authorities.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) has raised its pandemic alert level to Phase 5. ‘This is characterised by human-to-human spread of the virus into at least two countries in one WHO region. While most countries will not be affected at this stage, the declaration of Phase 5 is a strong signal that pandemic is imminent and that the time to finalise the organisation, communication and implementation of the planned mitigation measures is short’. The Agency is well prepared to meet the requirements of phase 5.
For further information on this statement please contact the Health Protection Agency's Centre for Infections press office on:020 8327 6647 020 8327 7098 020 8327 7080 020 8327 7097
Last reviewed: 8 May 2009
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