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More newly-weds facing flu tests

Pete and Jenny Marshall's home in Gorgie (Pic: Morag Kinniburgh)
Pete and Jenny Marshall have been told to stay in their Gorgie home

A second Scottish couple who became ill after returning from their honeymoon in Mexico have been quarantined in their home, pending swine flu tests.

Pete and Jenny Marshall said they have been told to stay at their house in Edinburgh as they wait to find out if they have contracted the virus.

Their friend Gemma O'Brien, who had been looking after the property, in Gorgie, is also quarantined there.

Another couple, Iain and Dawn Askham, are recovering in hospital.

The newly-weds who live near Falkirk, were the first confirmed cases of swine flu in Britain. Three more people have now been diagnosed in England.

The number of suspected swine flu cases in Scotland now stands at 32, the Scottish Government has confirmed.

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Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said on Wednesday tests in 15 other cases had returned negative results for the virus.

She told MSPs the total number included 24 new suspected cases, all of them people with travel connections to Mexico or other affected areas.

The Marshalls consulted doctors after arriving back in the UK last week.

They said they were then told to stay in quarantine for five days, along with Ms O'Brien, 27, from London, who had been staying temporarily in their house.

Mr Marshall, 37, a flower wholesaler, told the Daily Record: "We were feeling great on holiday. It was the best time of our lives.

"My wife felt ill when we got back with a kind of sickness bug and with the news this weekend, I started to get a bit worried."

He added: "Jenny's feeling a lot better but she's still not 100%. Now I'm starting to get a runny nose and am a bit blocked up."

Meanwhile US health officials have revealed that a child in Texas is the first person to die of swine flu outside Mexico, where it may have killed as many as 159.

In the UK, leaflets about the swine flu outbreak and how to prevent its spread are to be delivered to every household within the next few days.

NHS 24 centres across the country have reported a 20% increase in the number of calls in recent days, with people seeking advice.



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