Swine Flu Cases Decreasing in Wales
Health Officials have reported that the number of incidents of swine flu (H1N1) have been decreasing. One death, however, was recorded last week as being linked to swine flu. According to the health chiefs, 11 people as of Wednesday were in hospital with swine flue, but only three of those 11 were being tended to in critical care units.
Currently the highest number of suspected cases is occurring in children lower than the age of four. The death toll for Wales in swine flu related cases now sits at 28 for last year. With the small numbers of reported incidents of the disease, GP’s have now been told that it is no longer necessary to swab suspected cases.
The National Public Health Service for Wales has issued a statement telling general practitioners that they can stop swabbing all flu patients for the illness. However, Dr. Roland Salmon, the director for the communicable diseases surveillance centre, has warned people to still be on their guard for the illness.
He added that although the number of reported swine flu cases has decreased, it is also true that the number of individuals visiting their GP for flu symptoms has decreased as well. Normally there is a higher number of flu cases during this time of year.
He continued saying that although the number of individuals with swine flu is decreasing, there is still several strong strains of flu circulating in the community and he advises people to be alert as to what the symptoms of swine flu entail.