CAMBRIDGESHIRE: Swine flu case confirmed in Huntingdonshire

PUBLISHED: 10:37 12 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:03 02 June 2010

A WOMAN from Huntingdonshire is among one of four new confirmed cases of swine flu in the east of England. This brings the total number of cases in the region to seven. The latest cases confirmed in the East of England on Monday (May 11) include a woman

A WOMAN from Huntingdonshire is among one of four new confirmed cases of swine flu in the east of England.

This brings the total number of cases in the region to seven.

The latest cases confirmed in the East of England on Monday (May 11) include a woman from Huntingdonshire, a man from North Weald, who is a close contact of an already confirmed case, a child from Canvey Island, who has returned from Mexico and a man from Lowestoft, who has returned from travel in Florida.

The Health Protection Agency is carrying out tests on people who have had close contact with these patients and will distribute anti-virals as appropriate.

There have been a total of 59 cases of swine flu so far in the UK.

Dr Paul Cosford, Regional Director of Public Health said: "As a region the NHS in the east of England is well prepared for cases of swine influenza. We have put in place the Department of Health's guidance, set up incident response teams and rolled out the Health Protection Agency's advice to ensure that frontline NHS staff are prepared for cases of swine flu.

"This is part of normal emergency preparedness planning in ensuring the NHS is best able to respond.

"If you are worried about swine flu, call the information line on 0800 1513 513. If you have flu-like symptoms, stay at home and contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or phone your GP.

"Everyone needs to play their part to protect and prepare themselves and their families. There are simple steps that everyone can take to help prevent catching colds and flu based on good respiratory and hand hygiene.

"Always use a tissue to catch your sneezes, throw away used tissues where germs can linger and regularly wash your hands.

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