- Background and status
Cases of swine flu have been confirmed in a number of countries including Mexico and the United States.
The Government has been preparing for a flu pandemic for the past five years, working at a local, regional and national level, and all NHS organisations have pandemic flu plans in place.
The current level of threat has not reached a level where it is classed as a pandemic.
For the latest information about swine flu, health and travel advice, visit the Directgov website at:www.directgov.uk
Health Apart from in Mexico, all those infected with the virus have experienced mild symptoms and have made a full recovery. Both of the Scottish patients who tested positive also have mild symptoms and are being treated and are recovering well. The advice from the Department of Health is to follow the simple steps that everyone can take to help prevent catching colds and flu, based on good respiratory and hand hygiene:
- always use a tissue to catch your sneezes
- throw away used tissues where germs can linger
- regularly wash your hands
- clean hard surfaces frequently e.g. door handles
- make sure children follow this advice
Swine flu influenza viruses are not transmitted by food so you can’t get swine flu by eating pork or pork products. It is still safe to eat properly handled and cooked pork and pork products. Most importantly, if you have come back from Mexico or one of the affected countries and have flu like symptoms, stay at home, limit contact with others and call your GP or:NHS Direct 0845 4647 (England and Wales) or NHS 24 08454 24 24 24 (Scotland)
Business and travel information
Foreign and Commonwealth Office are currently advising against all non-essential travel to Mexico.
Now is a good time to review your business contingency plans with your relevant team.
For further information on developing contingency plans visit the Business Link website.