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Swine Flu: Teesside

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the NHS is taking to (a) assist those resident in Teesside who have been diagnosed with swine influenza and (b) prevent to further spread of swine influenza in Teesside. (285332)

The North East Strategic Health Authority (SHA) has advised that so far the North East has not experienced the high number of cases seen in other areas of the country.

Now that the management of swine flu has moved to the treatment phase, testing for confirmation of individual cases is no longer taking place, the Health Protection Agency will not have statistics about number of cases and where they are occurring.

In line with national and regional plans, Teesside’s public health team is continuing, through effective communications to ensure the public is kept fully informed about swine flu, what to do if a person believes they might have swine flu, and how to keep good hygiene to reduce the risk of further spread.