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Two more Britons have swine flu

Antiviral drugs are being used to reduce symptoms and prevent spread

Two adults in England have been diagnosed with swine flu, taking the total number of cases in the UK to 122.

The Health Protection Agency said one is from London and the other from the east, adding that the source of infection was still being investigated.

Of all the UK cases, more than half (66) are in the London area. The east of England has seen 12 cases.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has described swine flu as a "sneaky virus" which was likely to keep spreading.

"This is a subtle, sneaky virus. It does not announce its presence or arrival in a new country with a sudden explosion of patients seeking medical care or requiring hospitalisation," said Margaret Chan, head of the WHO, on Friday.

"We expect it to continue to spread to new countries and continue to spread within countries already affected."

On Friday, eight new cases of swine flu in the UK were confirmed - two adults from London, two adults from south-east England, a child from the West Midlands and three members of the same family from Scotland.

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