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NHS Highland Statement On Swine Flu

28th April 2009

Of the 24 new suspected cases announced today, only one is resident in Highland. Their clinical condition is not giving any cause for concern. They are being treated at home and their condition is being monitored daily. Samples have been taken and the results are awaited.

We are monitoring the situation in relation to swine flu very closely and are liaising with colleagues in partner organisations. We are in close contact with the Scottish Government and Health Protection Scotland.

Our pandemic influenza plan is in place and we are ready to take any action that is required. Information has been issued to clinical staff including all GP practices in Highland and to out of hours services. This includes arrangements for the provision of anti-viral drugs for treatment.

Anyone returning from Mexico and the affected areas of the US (California, Texas, Kansas, New York City, Ohio) who has experienced one or more of these symptoms
fever
respiratory symptoms such as cough or runny nose
sore throat
other symptoms such as body aches, chills fatigue, vomiting or diarrhoea

within 7 days of their return should stay at home and seek medical advice by calling their GP during the day or contacting NHS 24 out of hours (tel 08454 24 24 24).

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