Suspected swine flu case at BGH

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THESouthern has learned that a man from the central Borders has been admitted to the BGH suffering from suspected swine flu.

At the time of going to press, NHS Borders declined to comment on the specific case pending a confirmed diagnosis. It is understood the patient is currently in an isolation ward.

However, Dr Tim Patterson, consultant in public health and flu co-ordinator with NHS Borders, warned yesterday: “We are now in the flu season and there are indications that a number of strains of flu, including Influenza A H1N1 (swine flu), is currently circulating nationally.

“Although no longer at pandemic levels, this virus is one of the strains expected to cause outbreaks again this winter. As is normal during the flu season, hospitals will continue to manage patients presenting with flu or flu-like illness who require admission.

“We urge all those in at-risk groups as well as pregnant women and healthcare workers, to contact their GP and get themselves vaccinated as soon as possible if they have not already done so.”