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Swine flu cases confirmed in city

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Anyone who has been in contact with the patient is being offered medication

Two cases of swine flu have been diagnosed in Plymouth, city health officials say.

The city's director of public health, Debra Lapthorne, said the patients had tested positive for the H1N1 virus and were being treated at home.

Ms Lapthorne said the public was "not at general risk" and the case was being "managed appropriately".

The cases are the first in Devon since a 12-year-old girl tested positive for the virus in April.

Cases 'inevitable'

The test results were known on Sunday. Ms Lapthorne said that the two adults affected were being treated with anti-viral drugs.

She said that is was "inevitable we will see more cases in the city".

She added: "We are working with the Health Protection Agency to ensure any people in close contact with these people are also offered anti-virals."

She said anyone who showed flu symptoms and was concerned should contact their GP, and that people should keep good hygiene to stop any spread of the virus.

Ms Lapthorne said: "I'd like to reassure local people that the majority of people who catch the swine flu virus have tended to experience mild symptoms."

There have been more than 2,700 cases in total across the UK, the Health Protection Agency said.

In neighbouring counties last week, nine pupils at Bolitho School in Penzance, Cornwall, were diagnosed with the virus. They have been put into isolation and are on anti-viral medication.

In Dorset, two holiday-makers were diagnosed in Weymouth.



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