13 May 2009
Three further patients under investigation in England have today been confirmed with swine flu, bringing the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 71.
|Region||Confirmed new cases for May 13 2009||Total confirmed cases as of May 13 2009|
|East of England||1||8|
|Yorkshire & Humber||-||-|
339 cases are currently under laboratory investigation in the UK. These cases 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.
Due to the time-lag between the reporting of symptoms, taking swabs, testing and the confirmation of results, the new cases reported daily may have recovered and may now be symptom-free. All symptomatic patients are recovering at home. Close contacts of these cases are receiving antivirals as a precautionary measure.
The Health Protection Agency has recently updated its advice on actions to be taken in a school in the event of a probable or confirmed case of “swine flu” being identified in a school pupil and this can be found on the HPA website.
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. This includes:
Notes to editors
Further information on swine flu is available on the Health Protection Agency's website at www.hpa.org.uk/swineflu
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. This includes:
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 media enquiries only 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
020 8327 6690
Last reviewed: 13 May 2009