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Drop in possible swine flu cases

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There has been a fall in possible cases and no new probable cases

A drop in the number of potential swine flu cases under investigation in Scotland is "encouraging", the health secretary has said.

Nicola Sturgeon said there were currently 12 possible cases of the H1N1 infection - down from 27 on Wednesday.

There have so far been four positive cases of the virus in Scotland.

Possible cases are classed as people with flu-like symptoms who have been to an affected area or have had contact with a confirmed case of swine flu.

Probable cases are those who have tested positive for Influenza A, and who need further testing to confirm whether they are suffering from the H1N1 strain.

'Travel-related'

Ms Sturgeon said: "It is encouraging that not only do we have no new confirmed or probable cases but we have also seen a marked reduction in possible cases.

"In addition, all the cases currently under investigation are travel-related - we have not seen any further person-to-person transmission."

Of the 12 possible cases being investigated, five are in the Lothian health board area, two are in the NHS Fife area and another two are in the NHS Lanarkshire area.

There is also one possible case in the Borders, Forth Valley and Grampian health board areas.



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