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Second Case of Swine Flu (A/H1N1) confirmed in the Isle of Man 25 June 2009

A second case of Swine Flu has been confirmed in the Isle of Man by the HPA laboratory in London. The individual has made full recovery without any need for hospitalisation.

A full review of the case was undertaken and there is no need for any action as regards the person’s contacts.

The Public Health Directorate has also received phone calls from people who have been in contact with those who have been tested for Swine Flu. To provide reassurance, our policy on screening is set out below.

  • Any patient who develops flu symptoms within 7 days of return from an affected area or has had contact with a case, are advised to contact their GP by Phone.
  • If the GP considers that Swine Flu is a possibility, they are referred to Public Health.
  • A Nurse from Public Health contacts the person to obtain further details to decide whether the individual needs testing.
  • If the person fits the criteria for a possible case, they are tested and detailed advice is provided.
  • The person being tested may be given Oseltamivir (Tamiflu).
  • Being tested for Swine Flu does not mean that the person has got the disease. When the result of the test is received, the nurse who did the test will contact the patient to inform them of the result.
  • Over 50 people in the Isle of Man have been tested and only two cases have been confirmed. Both cases have made a full recovery without any need for hospitalisation.

Advice to the public:

  • If you or some one in your family has been tested, there is no need for members of the family or friends to restrict normal activities as long as they do not have flu symptoms. Specifically there is no need to keep the children away from school as long as they do not have nay flu symptoms.
  • Please do not be concerned if you have been in contact with someone who have been tested for Swine Flu.
  • If the test shows the person has Swine Flu and that you are likely to be at risk, you will be contacted by a nurse to advise you of what you need to do.
  • Swine Flu still remains rare in the Isle of Man with only two cases so far; both the cases have made full recovery.

For further information please contact:

Director of Public Health
Dr P Kishore
Public Health Directorate,
Crookall House,
Demesne Road,
Douglas, IM1 3QA.
Tel: +44 (0)1624 642688
Fax: +44 (0)1624 642684

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