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Information about swine flu delivered

5th May 2009

A national campaign has been launched in which every household in the UK will be sent a leaflet with information about swine flu.

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The number of people with the H1N1 virus in the UK currently stands at 27.

From 5 May, every home in the UK will receive information about how to prevent swine flu spreading by ensuring basic hygiene, such as handwashing, is practiced.

The pamphlets say that households should put in place "networks" of people to pick up medication in case someone has to stay indoors because of the virus.

England's chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson told the BBC that this was the first time a mass UK posting of leaflets had been organised since the 1980s.

"It reinforces the basic hygiene principles that can play a very important part in halting the spread and reducing the risk to individuals," Sir Liam said.

Five schools in the UK have been closed because pupils have been diagnosed with the disease: one in Devon, one in Gloucestershire and three in London.

Five cases of swine flu were found at Alleyn's school in Dulwich, London and all 1,200 pupils and staff have been given Tamiflu medication.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in Oxfordshire, Merseyside, Newcastle, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Devon, London and Central Scotland.

Scottish Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: "It's absolutely right that we prepare for the worst here, that's what we've been doing - not that we're necessarily expecting the worst, but we are preparing for that because it's the right and responsible thing to do."

 

 

 

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