Second case of swine flu in North

A second case of swine flu has been confirmed in the North tonight.

A second case of swine flu has been confirmed in the North tonight.

Health chiefs said the latest case was a young man who was recently in contact with a case in England.

The case came as three more – a man , woman and child – were confirmed south of the border.

He has been given anti-viral treatment and is at home and recovering well, said the British Department of Health.

His close contacts have been identified and are also receiving anti-viral treatment as a precautionary measure.

The Public Health Agency is also contacting selected passengers who were sitting close to the man on the 7pm flight BD 096 from London Heathrow to Belfast City Airport last Wednesday – May 27.

It said the risk of transmission to other passengers on the flight is low.

Stormont Health Minister Michael McGimpsey said: “It is not surprising that we have seen a further case of swine flu and I would again urge people not be alarmed – this was to be expected. I am pleased to hear that the individual is recovering well at home.”

He added: “The public can be reassured that we have been preparing for a situation like this for some years and are well prepared for any potential pandemic.

“Our strategy to use antivirals to slow the spread of the virus also appears to be effective, as well as reducing symptoms. But we can not be complacent. We will continue to be vigilant to ensure we are well-placed to deal with any emerging situation.”

Dr Elizabeth Mitchell, the North’s Acting Chief Medical Officer added: “I would again ask everyone to play their part to protect and prepare themselves and their families.

“Simple, effective measures can help reduce the spread of flu – always use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when sneezing, dispose of the tissue and then wash your hands with soap and water or sanitising gel.

“The message is simple: 'Catch It, Bin It, Kill It'.”

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