35 new confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu virus in Scotland

Scotland has 35 new confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu virus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 189.

Of the new cases, 22 are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 10 are in NHS Highland (which covers Dunoon), two are in Lanarkshire and one is in Fife, which is travel-related. None of the other cases are travel-related.

Currently, 11 of the confirmed cases are being treated in hospital. Three patients remain in intensive care where two of them – a 45-year-old man from Paisley and a 38-year-old Glasgow woman – remain in a critical but stable condition.

None of the other hospitalised cases are giving clinical cause for concern.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said:

“Scotland is continuing to see an increase in cases of H1N1 which is in line with what we would expect to see with this virus and what has happened in other countries.

“We are continuing to do all we can to slow the spread of the virus and I would urge everyone to play their part by continuing to follow good hygiene practices, paying particular attention to handwashing.”

School exclusions

Second year pupils from a Glasgow school are to be excluded for a week following a confirmed case of the H1N1 flu virus.

The pupils, at Rosshall Academy, will also be offered Tamiflu.

Additionally, pupils from Gleniffer High in Renfrewshire who sat their chemistry exams on Wednesday are to be excluded for a week.

Again, this follows a confirmed case and the pupils involved will be offered Tamiflu.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said:

“The decisions for these partial closures have been made by local councils on public health advice.

“They are part of our strategy to continue to slow the spread of the virus.”

Breakdown of cases by health board area:

Confirmed

Ayrshire and Arran – 4
Fife – 4
Forth Valley – 10
Greater Glasgow and Clyde – 69
Highland – 96
Lanarkshire – 2
Lothian – 4
Probable

Ayrshire and Arran – 1
Highland – 2
Possible
Ayrshire and Arran – 4
Fife – 6
Forth Valley – 11
Greater Glasgow and Clyde – 127
Highland – 56
Lanarkshire – 2
Lothian – 2
Tayside – 2

Source: Scottish Government, Scotland



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