One further patient under investigation in England has today been confirmed with swine flu, bringing the current total number of confirmed UK cases to 28.
Confirmed UK Cases as at 05 May 2009
Cases currently under laboratory investigation as at 17:00 04 May 2009
* Cases currently under laboratory investigation 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.
Testing of the swine flu virus is carried out by the Health Protection Agency's laboratories.
The new case, associated with travel to Mexico, is an adult in the South East region
The Health Protection Agency is working to ensure that any close contacts of this case are offered antivirals as a precautionary measure.
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:
Covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, using a tissue when possible
Disposing of dirty tissues promptly and carefully
Maintaining good basic hygiene, for example washing hands frequently with soap and water to reduce the spread of the virus from your hands to face or to other people
Cleaning hard surfaces (e.g. door handles) frequently using a normal cleaning product
Making sure your children follow this advice