Cambridgeshire has UK's first 'sporadic' swine flu cases
ALL three cases of swine flu in Cambridgeshire have been confirmed as sporadic , making them the first in the UK to have no links to existing cases. NHS Cambridgeshire announced on Friday (May 21) that all three of the county s swine flu patients had no
ALL three cases of swine flu in Cambridgeshire have been confirmed as 'sporadic', making them the first in the UK to have no links to existing cases.
NHS Cambridgeshire announced on Friday (May 21) that all three of the county's swine flu patients had no links to existing cases or travelled to countries affected by the virus.
It means these cases are 'sporadic' cases of transmission in the community - the first in the UK.
Dr Liz Robin, director of public health for Cambridgeshire, said: "The case of swine flu that was being investigated in Cambridgeshire has been confirmed as a 'sporadic' case of transmission of the infection in the community. This means that all three cases of swine flu in Cambridgeshire are confirmed as 'sporadic'.
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"All three patients are now recovered. Some transmission in the community has been expected and this does not represent widespread incidence in the community or sustained transmission that would lead to a change in the way we respond to swine flu. In most cases the swine flu infection has been mild and the advice to the public and health care staff remains unchanged.
"NHS Cambridgeshire has robust plans in place to tackle Swine flu and is closely monitoring the situation with the Health Protection Agency and the Strategic Health Authority."
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The county's first case of swine flu was confirmed two weeks ago, involving a woman from Huntingdonshire. Details of the exact locations or sexes of the other two cases have not been released.
To help fight the virus members of the public are advised to cover their nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, wash hands after disposing of tissues and clean hard surfaces (e.g. door handles) frequently.
INFORMATION: Anyone concerned about swine flu are advised to stay at home and contact their GP or phone NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or visit www.nhs.uk