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New case critical with swine flu

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Four people are in intensive care in hospital being treated for swine flu

A 23-year-old woman from Paisley is the fourth person in Scotland to be in a critical condition in hospital with swine flu, it has emerged.

During First Minister's Questions, Alex Salmond said the number of people with the virus in Scotland had risen to 88.

A 45-year-old man from Paisley and a 38-year-old woman from Glasgow are also in a critical condition at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Renfrewshire.

Another man, aged 37, is also in intensive care in a Glasgow hospital.

"We now have four cases in Scotland in intensive care," Mr Salmond said.

"That indicates that there can be no complacency on the part of anyone because while in most cases we are seeing a relatively mild impact of flu there are always people who, for a variety of reasons, prove more susceptible to the virus."

On Tuesday, the 45-year-old man from Paisley was confirmed as the first person in the UK to become critically ill solely because of swine flu.

The new case has underlying health problems. Any links with other cases are still under investigation.

The 38-year-old woman and 37-year-old man are also both known to have other health problems.

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There are now 88 confirmed cases of swine flu in Scotland

The first minster confirmed there were 23 new cases - 14 are connected to the cluster in Dunoon and nine are in the Glasgow and Clyde area.

One is a 26-year-old nurse who was working in the High Dependency Unit of the Southern General.

Earlier, ministers confirmed that a primary school and private nursery in Argyll and Bute had been closed in the latest efforts to control the spread of swine flu.

Toward School, near Dunoon, which has 25 pupils, was closed after a primary six pupil tested positive for the virus.

The Appletree private nursery school in Rothesay was also been closed and its 40 pupils treated with antiviral drugs.



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