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Rangers fans 'ill with swine flu'

Rangers fans
The 13 fans travelled on a supporters bus to Dundee

Rangers fans who travelled on a bus to watch the Ibrox side's league-winning match with Dundee United have fallen ill with swine flu, it has emerged.

The Scottish Government said 13 fans who travelled on the bus were among 23 new confirmed cases across Scotland - bringing the new total to 42.

Of the 13 fans on the bus, 11 were from the Dunoon area, which now accounts for 18 of the 23 new confirmed cases.

The other two fans are from the Glasgow and Ayrshire and Arran areas.

The 11 fans from Dunoon are believed to have passed on the virus to seven other people - six of them family contacts, with one other work-related.

The fan from the Glasgow area is also believed to have passed on the virus to a family member.

Despite this sizeable increase in confirmed cases, there is still absolutely no need for the public to be concerned
Nicola Sturgeon
Health Secretary

The fan from the Ayrshire and Arran health board area is not believed, at present, to have passed on the infection.

Health officials confirmed another new case in Glasgow, linked to the "Govanhill cluster".

This centres around a 37-year-old man who is seriously ill and is being treated in the city's Victoria Infirmary.

The final new confirmed case is a pupil of Eton College who returned to Edinburgh last week.

The Scottish Government said the entire third year of Dunoon Grammar School was being kept at home as a precaution.

Tamiflu
Tamiflu has been issued to pupils and teachers at Dunoon Grammar

About 180 third-year pupils and nine teachers at the school have been given tamiflu as a precaution.

Speaking at a media briefing on Monday, Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: "Despite this sizeable increase in confirmed cases, there is still absolutely no need for the public to be concerned.

"Most are showing very mild symptoms and people should therefore continue taking sensible hygiene precautions to ensure preventable spread of the virus is minimised.

"We are probably at a stage where containment will not stop the spread, but it can slow down the virus, allowing us to buy time for our other preparations to be fully in place in case we see more widespread cases later in the year.

Control centre

"To help public health officials across Scotland to respond to the anticipated rise in the number of cases, we have established a Flu Response Control Centre."

Ms Sturgeon said this new resource would provide additional help by bringing together expertise from NHS 24, Health Protection Scotland, the Scottish Government and health board officials.

Of the 42 confirmed cases of swine flu in Scotland two are in Ayrshire and Arran; six in Forth Valley; 14 are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde; 18 in Highland and two are in the Lothian health board area.

Eslewhere, there are three probable cases of swine flu and 34 possible cases.



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