Swine 'Flu Update

The World Health Organisation (WHO) have upped the alert state to Level 5, suggesting that a Pandemic is imminent, whilst swine ‘flu is now confirmed to have reached 12 countries in 3 different continents. The number of confirmed cases in Mexico has risen to around 300. 12 people are known to have died from the virus, with a further 160 death suspected of being linked. There has also been the first reported death outside Mexico.

Tests are awaited in the UK to confirm the first person-to-person transmission, and there are now 8 confirmed cases across the country. The Department of Health is printing a leaflet for a house-to-house drop, which should take place within the next few days.