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Rise in students with swine flu

A further seven students have tested positive for swine flu at the University of Bristol two days after the first case was reported.

The seven affected students are close contacts of the first case and are being kept in isolation in Bristol and treated with anti-viral drugs.

The Health Protection Agency and NHS Bristol said the university could stay open but that more cases were possible.

Students are advised to telephone their GP if they develop flu-like symptons.

The first student was diagnosed with the H1N1 strain of influenza on Wednesday.

Swine flu increase at university

A university spokesman said: "Further cases may come to light as investigations continue and contact tracing is extended.

"The advice yesterday from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) and NHS Bristol that the university can remain open remains in place.

"The university is working closely with the HPA and NHS colleagues to monitor the situation.

"NHS Bristol and the HPA have established plans in place to deal with cases of swine flu, and the university has a flu pandemic contingency plan."

Students are being asked not to visit GP surgeries or hospital if they do have flu-like symptoms but to contact their doctor by phone or ring NHS Direct on 0845 4647.



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