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Only 7 confirmed swine flu deaths: WHO
A member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has dismissed claims that more than 150 people have died from swine flu, saying it has officially recorded only seven deaths around the world.
A FIVE-YEAR-OLD Mexican boy is reported to be "Patient Zero" in the swine flu outbreak.
Edgar Hernandez survived after being diagnosed with the virus earlier this month, and residents of La Gloria believe it is ground zero for the epidemic, The Associated Press reports
And despite sleeping in the same bed as Edgar, neither his parents nor his three-year-old brother contracted the flu
Officials at the nearby pig farm said none of their worker or pigs were sick.
Leaflets about the swine flu outbreak and how to prevent its spread are to be delivered to every UK household. The Department of Health is also "urgently looking" at increasing stockpiles of facemasks, most likely for issue to health professionals.
According to Pulse, Dr. Gregor McEwan, a GP from Clapham, South West London, has been left to investigate a suspected swine flu infection case without adequate local advice or access to antivirals. Dr. McEwan explained to Pulse how he alone is having to coordinate tests, as well as treatment for a woman who was declared as a possibly infected patient with the H1N1 virus (swine flu virus).
According to Dr. McEwan, he received little guidance from the local Health Protection Unit, the NHS (National Health Service) or his PCT.
NHS Direct told the patient, a woman who had returned to the UK from Canada via New York, to contact her GP. The woman has flu-like symptoms.
The woman has flu-like symptoms.
Since January, more than 13,000 people have died of complications from seasonal flu,
The Robert Koch institute said a patient from the Regensburg area had contracted the deadly strain.
Germany is the third country in Europe to diagnose the disease after cases were found in Britain and Spain earlier this week.
Plymouth health chiefs have refused to say if anyone in the city is being tested for the virus.
Former Herald reporter and University of Plymouth student Abigail Edge, currently working with The Guardian, was today at Heathrow. Writing for The Guardian website she said: "Every time somebody on British Airways flight 242 from Mexico City coughed, other passengers would start to look panicked. Despite the ten hour flight many were too anxious to sleep or even to eat, reluctant to remove the blue surgical masks which over the last few days have come to represent one of the fastest-growing threats to the health of nations around the globe: swine flu.
"Most of them are just staying at home and avoiding contact with others but they feel terrible, with a bad fever and sore muscles.
If a doctor or nurse believes that testing for swine flu is required, there is a simple swab test which can be done.