Fourth Irish case of swine flu in confirmed

The Government has today confirmed a fourth case of Influenza Type A (H1N1), or swine flu, in Ireland.

The Government has today confirmed a fourth case of Influenza Type A (H1N1), or swine flu, in Ireland.

The patient is a man from the south who has recently returned from New York.

He is aware of the confirmed test result and is currently being treated at home and all necessary public health protection measures are being taken. This case is unconnected with the three previous case's confirmed in Ireland.

While additional cases are anticipated, in order to help minimise numbers, the Department and the Health Service Executive said people should use and dispose of tissues and thoroughly washing hands.

The HSE also advised people who have visited an affected area and become ill with flu-like symptoms to make their initial contact with their GP by telephone and not present at a GP surgery or A&E unit.

Further information on how to stay healthy and stop the spread of infection is available on www.dohc.ie or www.HSE.ie.

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