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Woman tested for swine flu virus

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Tests are being carried out on further possible cases in Scotland

A woman from the Grampian area is suspected of contracting swine flu after travelling to New York, Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon has said.

The 21-year old is said to be the latest "probable case of the virus in Scotland".

She returned from New York to Heathrow on 25 April and then on to Aberdeen the following day.

There have been four confirmed cases of swine flu in Scotland and further tests on possible cases were continuing.

Ms Sturgeon said the woman had reported having "very mild symptoms" on the flight.

NHS Grampian said another resident in Grampian was currently being tested for possibly having the virus.

Milder illness

The clinical conditions of the two were not giving any cause for concern.

Another probable case, a woman from Fife, who had tested positive for Influenza A has since proved negative for swine flu.

Another 23 other people are being tested as possible infections.

There were 21 travel-related possible cases of the virus and a further two possible cases who were passengers on a Flybe flight from Birmingham to Glasgow.

In her daily press briefing, Ms Sturgeon said it was too soon to say whether the current swine flu outbreak has been a false alarm.

Chief Medical Officer Harry Burns said there was emerging evidence that swine flu was a milder illness than was first thought.



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