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First case of swine flu in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland's first case of swine flu was confirmed today

Northern Ireland's first case of swine flu was confirmed today. Health minister, Michael McGimpsey reported that the man, who returned from Mexico earlier this month, is at home and responding well to antiviral treatment. 25 people with whom he was in contact have been identified and are receiving the antiviral drug Tamiflu.

Northern Ireland's health ministry has also confirmed that stockpiles of antivirals – sufficient to treat 50 per cent of the population - is currently being increased to treat up to 80 per cent of the population.

Dr Elizabeth Mitchell, Northern Ireland's Acting Chief Medical Officer said: "This is a developing situation which we continue to monitor very closely. The arrangements we have in place, and are continuing to make, will help us respond well to any emerging situation."

Meanwhile, Scottish Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon has told the Scottish Parliament that she and her counterparts in England, Wales and Northern Ireland aimed to secure enough supplies to allow vaccination of the entire UK population against swine flu.

There have been five confirmed cases of swine flu in Scotland. The latest case in Northern Ireland, together with three children and two adults from London, and one adult from the east of England, brings the number of confirmed cases in the UK to 78.

14th May 2009

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