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Update on swine flu cases

29 June 2009

1,604 further patients under investigation in England have been confirmed through laboratory testing with swine flu since the Agency's update on Friday June 26 2009.

Together with the 72 laboratory confirmed cases in Scotland reported on Friday (June 26 2009) by the Scottish Government, six laboratory confirmed cases in Northern Ireland announced by the Northern Ireland Executive since Friday June 26 and the five laboratory confirmed cases in Wales announced by the National Public Health Service for Wales and the Welsh Assembly Government since Friday June 26, this brings the total number of laboratory confirmed UK cases identified since April 2009 to 5,937.


Region where sample was tested 1

Laboratory confirmed new cases between June 27-June 29

Cumulative laboratory confirmed cases as at June 29 2009

East of England

107

312

East Midlands

48

111

London

579

1564

North East

9

43

North West

8

63

South East

179

502

South West

72

160

West Midlands

588

2104

Yorkshire & Humber

14

109

TOTAL ENGLAND

1604

4968 2

Northern Ireland

6

30

Scotland

72

922

Wales

5

17

TOTAL UK

1687

5937

 

1 Current testing arrangements mean that the regional breakdown of figures reflects the regional laboratory where samples are tested which may not always be in the region where the patient lives (as a result there may be some small variations in regional figures as cases are reassigned to their home regions).

2 England has also reported a cumulative today of 817 clinically presumed cases. NB: A number of clinically presumed cases will ultimately be laboratory confirmed following sample testing, and therefore there may be some duplication within the laboratory confirmed and clinically presumed numbers

Ends

Notes to editors
General infection control practices and good respiratory hand hygiene can help to reduce transmission of all viruses, including swine flu. This includes:

  • Maintaining good basic hygiene, for example washing hands frequently with soap and water to reduce the spread of virus from your hands to face or to other people.
  • Cleaning hard surfaces (e.g. door handles) frequently using a normal cleaning product.
  • Covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, using a tissue when possible.
  • Disposing of dirty tissues promptly and carefully.
  • Making sure your children follow this advice. 

Further information on swine flu is available on the Health Protection Agency's website at www.hpa.org.uk/swineflu.
For media enquiries only please contact the Health Protection Agency's Centre for Infections press office on 

020 8327 7080 
020 8327 6647
020 8327 7098
020 8327 7097
020 8327 6690

 

Last reviewed: 3 June 2010