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Two people tested positive for the virus and are being treated in isolation in hospital in Airdrie, near Glasgow, while seven more people among 22 who have been in contact with them have developed "mild symptoms" not confirmed as swine flu.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown has pledged that the Government would take "all the action necessary" to prevent the spread of swine flu.
He was speaking as the Foreign Office warned Britons to avoid all but essential travel to Mexico as the UK braced itself for further cases of the virus.
Two people have tested positive for the virus and are being treated in isolation in hospital in Airdrie, near Glasgow
The new travel advice was issued after the World Health Organisation (WHO) raised its alert over the outbreak to level four, from three - signifying a "significant increase in risk of a pandemic".
The Foreign Office said: "We are now advising against all but essential travel to Mexico."
It said British nationals "resident in or visiting Mexico may wish to consider whether they should remain in Mexico at this time".
The first two British cases have been confirmed and more suspected infections are beginning to emerge.
"From some affected areas, it appears that early doses of antivirals such as Tamiflu are helping people to recover." He said there were enough antivirals to treat "half the population" if they became ill.
They prescribed me Tamiflu and I am now feeling much better now.
BREAKING The Director of Public Health has announced that some of the Rangitoto College party have tested positive for swine flu H1N1. Results from three of the samples were received earlier this evening by World Health Organisation's Melbourne laboratory and all tested positive for the same swine flu strain. Testing continues on a fourth sample. On the basis of these results the Ministry is assuming all of the people in the group who tested positive for influenza A have swine flu.
A 42-year-old Thai woman returning from Mexico was suspected to have contracted swine influenza and is being quarantined at the Chulalongkorn Hospital, sources said. The sources said the woman returned from Mexico early this month and became ill. She was admitted to the hospital Tuesday.
Originally posted by JanusFIN
In 1948 Heinrich Mueller, the former head of the Gestapo, told his CIA Interrogator that the most devastating plague in human history was man-made.
He was referring to the influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 that infected 20% of the world's population and killed between 60 and 100 million people. This is roughly three times as many as were killed and wounded in World War One, and is comparable to WWII losses, yet this modern plague has slipped down the memory hole.
- Just for all of us to remember...