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#313646 - 28th Apr 2009 1:12pm Swine flu arrives in Britain
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Swine flu arrives in Britain


HEALTH experts last night urged Merseysiders not to panic about global outbreaks of swine flu.

Representatives from The Health Protection Agency said travellers returning from affected countries should be aware of symptoms, but do not need to worry.

So far the nearest suspected case is in Sale, Greater Manchester, where an overseas visitor was being tested last night.

Dr Alan Radford, senior lecturer in infectious diseases at Liverpool Veterinary School, said: "Infectious viruses have a long History of being transmitted from one species to another. When they do that, they tend to be more explosive.

"The World Health Organisation has a sliding scale of seriousness from one to six, and at the moment we are in the middle at number three.

"So while we are in a difficult situation and people should be a little bit concerned, they can also take some confidence that the UK and the world in general have a programme in place on how to respond to infectious viruses.

"This includes the stockpiling of antiviral drugs that can treat the disease.

"But it will be a rapidly changing situation and we should know more in the next few days about how the virus is transmitted, and how far it is spread."

Prof Malcolm Bennett, co- director for the National Centre for Zoonosis, at the University of Liverpool, said: "At the moment, people do not need to be too concerned.

In the medium term, nobody really knows because it’s in an early stage of the outbreak. It may be that it will disappear because we are at the end of the influenza season. But we just have to keep watching it.

"If it spreads and spreads then everyone needs to be far more worried."

Swine influenza is a respiratory disease normally found in pigs. It is suspected to have killed more than 100 people in Mexico, with cases also reported in the USA, Canada and Spain.

Antiviral drugs can effectively prevent and treat the infection, and most reported cases outside of Mexico have recovered fully without the need for medical attention.

But the UN has warned that the virus has the potential to become a pandemic.

Liverpool’s executive member for health, care and safeguarding Cllr Ron Gould, a professional pharmacist, said: "There will undoubtedly be concerns about swine flu.

"A lot of people go to Mexico on holiday from this area, but if they're not showing any symptoms that's fine, but we’ve got drugs including Relenza and Tamiflu.

"One works on the effects of the disease and the other tries to stop it spreading. But it seems the problem with this particular flu is it affects healthy people in the age range 15 to 45 and attacks the immune system."

"People should ring their doctor first or contact NHS Direct, but if they really feel ill they should go to A and E.Spokesperson for the HPA in Merseyside, Hugh Lamont, added: "People visiting these countries should be aware of the symptoms and if they experience them they should seek medical help.

"People coming back should monitor their health and call their GP or NHS Direct for a phone consultation if they start to develop flu symptoms."

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#313647 - 28th Apr 2009 1:16pm Re: Swine flu arrives in Britain [Re: ]
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Bring it on, I welcome the challenge.
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#313657 - 28th Apr 2009 2:27pm Re: Swine flu arrives in Britain [Re: Sanchez]
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Originally Posted By: Sanchez
Bring it on, I welcome the challenge.



Don't go squealing to the doc if you do get it.
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#313662 - 28th Apr 2009 2:47pm Re: Swine flu arrives in Britain [Re: bert1]
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Originally Posted By: Sanchez
Bring it on, I welcome the challenge.

Don't go squealing to the doc if you do get it.


Which he prob will.

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#313665 - 28th Apr 2009 3:14pm Re: Swine flu arrives in Britain [Re: Peachy]
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Do you not think it's just another bird flu,Sars or mad cows disease dilema?? All the media do is blow everything out of proportion and panic people.
We were all going to die from all three of the above but all three failed to materialise.
I hope that I am right. coffee

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#313673 - 28th Apr 2009 5:09pm Re: Swine flu arrives in Britain [Re: ChrisNewcastle]
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You mean you haven't put in your bulk order of Tamiflu yet lucifer?
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#313682 - 28th Apr 2009 5:57pm Re: Swine flu arrives in Britain [Re: MissGuided]
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not yet cos at the moment I really think they are just banging on again like they normally do thumbsup think
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#313683 - 28th Apr 2009 6:01pm Re: Swine flu arrives in Britain [Re: ChrisNewcastle]
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It's like millenium bug?? planes were gonna fall out the sky and the world would stop?? that never happened either,A distraction from whats really going on in the world maybe? laffin
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#313684 - 28th Apr 2009 6:08pm Re: Swine flu arrives in Britain [Re: ChrisNewcastle]
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recession you mean?
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#313704 - 28th Apr 2009 6:39pm Re: Swine flu arrives in Britain [Re: ChrisNewcastle]
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Originally Posted By: lucifer
It's like millenium bug?? planes were gonna fall out the sky and the world would stop?? that never happened either,A distraction from whats really going on in the world maybe? laffin


Spanish flu 1918, trying to hide WW1
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#313723 - 28th Apr 2009 7:31pm Re: Swine flu arrives in Britain [Re: bert1]
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Excactly what I mean mate...they think everybody is as thick as sh*t like they are. thay should shut up until they know something for definate.it's all speculation and that really boils my p*ss!! somad
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#313745 - 28th Apr 2009 8:43pm Re: Swine flu arrives in Britain [Re: ChrisNewcastle]
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I watched 'newswipe with charlie brooker' last sunday bbc4. Good show-he demonstrates/ takes the piss out of how the media mis-represents the News.
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#313761 - 28th Apr 2009 9:38pm Re: Swine flu arrives in Britain [Re: RUDEBOX]
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Old MacDonald had a farm...ee-eye, ee-eye oh

But DEFRA closed it due to outbreaks of Swine Flu, Bird Flu and Mad Cows Disease.

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#313762 - 28th Apr 2009 9:39pm Re: Swine flu arrives in Britain [Re: RUDEBOX]
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Apart from the faults the media have, a hell of a lot of people died due to the spanish flue in 1918, people died due to mad cows disease and people have and are dieing of this swine flu.
common sence is whats needed, cancell your holiday to Mexico and go to Blackpool or Rhyl instead, ha ha
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#313786 - 28th Apr 2009 11:21pm Re: Swine flu arrives in Britain [Re: jimbob]
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How well did the Swine Flu considering he didn't have any wings?

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