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July 13th, 2009, 08:24 AM
Londoner dies after contracting swine flu
Monday, 13 Jul 2009 12:31
A patient from London has died after contracting swine flu, reports suggest.
The death brings the number of people who have died after being diagnosed with the H1N1 virus to 16.
The news follows the announcement one of the Gordon Brown's advisers has contracted the virus.
Michael Jacobs, the prime minister's senior aide on climate change, is thought to have contracted swine flu during a recent visit to Mexico.
He is not believed to have had any direct contact with Mr Brown since developing symptoms two weeks ago.
He was, however, required to stay away from the G8 summit in L'Aquila in Italy last week for fear he could spread the virus.
A Downing Street spokesman said: "There has been extensive preparation in Downing Street and across the civil service to minimise the spread of swine flu.
"The Cabinet Office has issued guidance to personnel managers in all departments and comprehensive information is available to civil servants on how to deal with suspected cases."
The government recently announced action was now being taken to move away from a policy of containment to one of treatment.
There are also plans to vaccinate every person in the UK with predictions the virus could become more dangerous through the autumn and the winter.
Health secretary Andy Burnham recently declared there could be up to 100,000 new cases diagnosed every month.
July 13th, 2009, 08:41 AM
A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD girl has died in London from swine flu – the second Brit to be killed by the virus and not to have underlying health problems.
The girl fell ill with a sore throat on Wednesday and went to see the doctor, but was told she had tonsillitis and sent home without getting the Tamiflu antiviral drug.
Her condition deteriorated over night and at 10am on Thursday her parents took her to a London hospital.
The youngster was then transferred to Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, but she died hours later on Thursday evening.
Her devastated parents learnt last night their daughter had died from swine flu following tests.
Many of the girl's classmates are being kept at home today because parents fear the virus could sweep through the school.
The child is the 16th fatality of the swine flu pandemic so far in the UK.
There are at least 9,718 confirmed cases of swine flu in the UK – the third highest in the world behind Mexico, where the bug was first identified, and the US.
But it is not known how many people are truly suffering from swine flu as many may be treating themselves at home rather than contacting their GP.
London and the West Midlands are approaching epidemic levels in terms of the number of cases being reported.
July 13th, 2009, 08:49 AM
13 July, 2009 13:30 (GMT +01:00)
7 year old girl dies with swine flu in London
It has been announced that a seven year old girl has become the second fatality in the capital with no underlying health problems.
16 deaths in the UK.
The capital is preparing for an epidemic of swine flu with many of the schools in the capital bracing themselves for mass closures and reduced classes all a sympton of the deadly swine flu virus.
The NHS statement:
It is with sadness that NHS London can today (13 July 2009) confirm the death of Chloe Buckley, a six-year-old girl from North West London who tested positive for swine flu (H1N1). This takes the number of confirmed deaths we have announced in the capital to six.
A post mortem will be carried out on Chloe, who died on 9 July at St Mary’s Hospital to identify if she had any underlying health conditions and to determine the cause of death.
Dr Simon Tanner, Regional Director of Public Health, said: “We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family at this difficult time as they come to terms with their loss.”
NHS London continues to encourage everyone in the capital to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus and protect the most vulnerable in our community. Everyone can play their part by practising good hygiene and using tissues to catch their sneezes, throwing used tissues away, and regularly washing their hands to kill the virus.
Swine flu continues to be a very mild illness in the vast majority of cases and most people should start to feel better after a just few days without needing to go to their GP or A&E. However, if you are pregnant, very young, over 65 or have long-term health conditions such as asthma or diabetes, you may be more susceptible to the virus and so it is important that you talk to your doctor if you have flu-like symptoms.
If you suspect you have swine flu, you can check your symptoms online at www.nhs.uk or by calling the swine flu information line on 0800 1 513 513. If you are still concerned or are feel very unwell, please call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 or telephone your GP for more advice.
July 13th, 2009, 10:01 AM
Swine flu link to GP's death
SARAH HALL (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Last updated: 13/07/2009 14:37:00
A doctor who died at a hospital in Bedfordshire tested positive for swine flu, health bosses have confirmed.
Dr Michael Day, who worked at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital, died suddenly on Saturday.
A swab test has subsequently been confirmed as being positive for the H1N1 swine flu virus.
The exact cause of death in this case is still unknown and the case has been reported to the Coroner who will investigate it.
NHS East of England has reiterated that although the virus is proving generally mild in most people, it is more severe in some cases.
You can check your symptoms online at www.nhs.uk (http://www.nhs.uk) or by calling the swine flu information line on 0800 1 513 513.
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