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New swine flu case is confirmed

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A second case of swine flu has been diagnosed in Essex.

The latest case involves a man aged in his 30s from North Weald who is said to be responding well to anti-viral drugs.

It comes 24 hours after a Clacton man, who had recently returned from Mexico, became the first person in the East of England to be diagnosed with the virus.

Dr Paul Cosford, regional director of public health, said earlier that the NHS in the east of England was well prepared for cases of swine influenza.

He added: "We have put in place the Department of Health's guidance, set up incident response teams and rolled out the Health Protection Agency's advice to ensure that frontline NHS staff are prepared for cases of swine flu.

"This is part of normal emergency preparedness planning in ensuring the NHS is best able to respond."

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