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Further swine flu cases confirmed

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Tamiflu tablets are prescribed for people with swine flu

A further 14 patients have been confirmed with the swine flu virus, bringing the UK total to 217.

Ten of the latest 14 patients are pupils at Welford Primary School in Birmingham.

The school in the Handsworth area now has 74 children with the virus, the UK's biggest single outbreak.

The other four of the latest 14 cases are a child in London, an adult in the north west, and two more cases in Scotland.

A Department of Health spokesman said: "The localised cases of swine flu found in the UK have so far been mild, and we have not seen evidence of widespread community transmission.

"Our strategy to slow the spread of the disease appears to have been effective, and the UK's arrangements continue to ensure that we are well placed to deal with this new infection.

'No room for complacency'

"But we must not be complacent — it is right to prepare for the possibility of a global pandemic."

Welford Primary School is due to reopen on Monday after being hit by the virus. But the Health Protection Agency has urged anyone with flu-like symptoms to stay away.

Public school Eton became the latest institution to be affected by the infection on Thursday when it announced a pupil had been diagnosed with swine flu.

The Berkshire school is currently closed for half-term and will remain closed next week due to the outbreak.

In Wales, health officials have identified the nation's first probable case of swine flu.

A 31-year-old man from Caerphilly is said to meet "the clinical and epidemiological criteria" with confirmation expected on Monday. The patient is thought to have travelled to the United States.

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The Department of Health said "we must not be complacent"



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