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Toddler among new swine flu cases

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More cases of swine flu in Wales are expected by health officials

A three-year-old boy and a man have been confirmed as having the swine flu virus, the National Public Health Service of Wales (NPHS) has said.

It takes the total number of cases in Wales to five.

Children at the boy's playgroup, Cylch Meithrin, New Quay, Ceredigion, have been offered anti-viral medicine. His case is linked to one in Birmingham.

The man, 28, is from Powys and the NPHS is investigating the source of his infection. Both are recovering.

Health officials said the boy was being treated at home and has a mild illness.

He acquired the infection from close contact with a confirmed case of swine flu in Birmingham.

The NPHS has traced 12 close contacts of the boy, all are well and have been offered antivirals to prevent illness.

HYGIENE ADVICE
Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, using a tissue where possible
Dispose of tissues promptly and carefully
Wash hands frequently with soap and water
Clean hard surfaces such as door handles regularly with a normal cleaning product
Help your children to follow hygiene advice
Source: National Public Health Service for Wales/Welsh Assembly Government

Seven are children who attended the boy's playgroup last Thursday and they have been asked not to return before this coming Thursday.

The Welsh medium playgroup remains open.

Health officials are writing to parents, as well as those of pupils attending the local primary school Ysgol Cei Newydd, to explain action taken.

In the Powys case, the NPHS has identified six close contacts of the man. They are all are well and have been offered antiviral medicine.

A further 13 people are still under investigation for swine flu, while 134 have had the infection ruled out.

There are now 2,794 laboratory-confirmed cases of swine flu in the UK, and one woman from Scotland who had underlying health conditions has died.

There are 647 cases in Scotland, 2,127 cases in England and 15 in Northern Ireland.

Chief medical officer for Wales Dr Tony Jewell, said so far the virus was "generally mild" in most people but proving more severe in a small number of cases, including the death of the woman in Scotland.

"This is extremely sad and our sympathies go out to the family and friends of the individual," he said.

"We have warned that we need to expect that, with large numbers of people contracting swine flu, there will be deaths, particularly in patients with underlying health conditions. Even with the seasonal flu, we do see excess deaths occurring.

"Although it is natural for people to feel apprehensive, I would like to reassure the public that we have been working to prepare for the arrival of the virus for many years and have robust procedures in place."

He said everyone must continue to be vigilant and try to reduce the spread of the virus.

"We continue to stress that there will be more cases in Wales as the infection spreads in the community and everyone must continue to be vigilant and try to reduce the spread of the virus," Dr Jewell added.

"Our advice to the public remains the same, people should follow good respiratory and hand hygiene to help prevent the spread of influenza.

"In short, catch it, bin it, kill it."

Three other cases have already been confirmed: A woman in Blaenau Gwent, Dr Mair Williams, 66, a Neath GP, and a 31-year-old man from the Caerphilly area, who are said to have recovered.

NHS Direct can be contacted on 0845 46 47.



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