Doctors fear swine flu pandemic epidemic
Three new confirmed cases of swine flu have been diagnosed in the UK, bringing the total number to eight, the Department of Health has said. Two of the cases are in London and one in Newcastle, where two students who shared a house with the patient are now being treated with an antiviral drug.
In further worrying developments, it has been reported that in one of the London cases, a man has spent the day in bed and has been sniffling. Doctors fear that if his symptoms do not improve soon then he may have to take a day off work.
A woman in Nottingham has reported feeling a little light-headed while a teenager in Cardiff is said to have swollen glands and a slight temperature. Both are said to be taking plenty of fluids and have received an emergency supply of hankies from the local authorities.
Health Secretary Alan Johnson has repeated the Government’s advice to anyone who fears they may have swine flu. “Anyone feeling unwell and who thinks it may be swine flu should bear in mind the old adage, feed a cold and starve a fever,” he said. “Or possibly the other way round. I can never remember which.”
Health officials, after discussions with newspaper editors, have redrawn the guidelines on the number of cases which will categorise swine flu as being a pandemic and it now stands at 14.