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More UK swine flu cases confirmed

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Anti-viral drugs are being issued to those affected by the flu

A fourth person in Scotland has been admitted to intensive care with swine flu, as the number of cases across the whole of the UK rises to 404.

First minister Alex Salmond said there were 23 new flu cases in Scotland, taking the Scottish total to 88.

In England, a further 18 people have been diagnosed with the H1N1 virus.

On Tuesday, a 45-year-old man from Paisley, Renfrewshire, became the first person in the UK to become critically ill wholly because of swine flu.

'Critical condition'

The man is one of two people with swine flu being treated in intensive care at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley.

The other is a 38-year-old woman with underlying health problems.

The Scottish Executive said on Tuesday that both were in a "critical but stable" condition.

Another man, aged 37, who already had health problems, was admitted to intensive care in Glasgow last week.

The Scottish government has released no details of the fourth intensive care case, announced on Wednesday.

Mr Salmond told MSPs at First Minister's Questions: "We now have four cases in Scotland in intensive care.

"That indicates that there can be no complacency on the part of anyone because while in most cases we are seeing a relatively mild impact of flu, there are always people who, for a variety of reasons, prove more susceptible to the virus."

He said it was hoped the summer would bring some "interruption" to the spread of the virus and allow time for vaccination to take place.

He called for public co-operation to do "our absolute best to keep the country safe from harm".

'Mild symptoms'

On Wednesday, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) revealed the locations of the 18 new cases in England along with those of a further 17, also in England, confirmed previously.

Of the total 35, there were 18 cases in the West Midlands, eight in the South East, four in the East, three in the South West, one in London and one in the Yorkshire and Humberside region.

The HPA also said there were currently another 297 possible cases of swine flu under investigation.

Meanwhile, Eton College, in Berkshire, where there have been at least four cases of swine flu, said it still hoped to reopen on 7 June.

In a letter to parents, headteacher Tony Little said most boys' symptoms, "although uncomfortable are generally short-lived and relatively mild" and none of them had needed hospital care.

He also said public examinations were running normally for the "great majority of boys".

Map of confirmed swine flu cases in the UK



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