UK swine flu cases reach 500
Sunday 07 June 2009
The number of people with swine flu in the UK rose past the 500 mark, health officials said.
The Health Protection Agency said yesterday 19 further cases in England had been confirmed along with 35 cases in Scotland and one in Northern Ireland, taking the total number of UK cases to 541.
The news comes as it emerged a woman critically ill with swine flu had given birth to a premature baby.
In England, five of the new cases were in the South East, four in London, four in the east of England, two in the East Midlands, two in the West Midlands, one in the North West and another in Yorkshire and the Humber region.
On Monday, a woman who is one of three people with swine flu still in intensive care at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, Renfrewshire, gave birth almost three months early.
The baby's mother, 38, is in a critical but stable condition and it is understood the baby, who is also being looked after in intensive care, does not have swine flu.
An NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde spokeswoman said: "The baby was delivered at the Royal Alexandra Hospital on Monday afternoon at 29 weeks gestation.
"Appropriate senior staff were present.
"The baby has been looked after in intensive care as expected for a baby of this gestation.
"The baby is clinically stable receiving appropriate medical and nursing care."
Other swine flu patients who remain in intensive care include a 45-year-old man, who is in a critical but stable condition, and a 23-year-old woman who is stable and improving.
Board creates magnetic field to achieve lift
Singer says the track was 'force-fed down people's throats'
Endangered species spotted in a creek in the Qinling mountains
Trend which requires crisps, a fork and a strong stomach is sweeping Mexico's streets
George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios
Film follows park rangers in the Congo
Does Chris Grayling realise what a vague concept he is dealing with?
- 3 Drink alcohol and eat meat to improve male fertility - but cut down on coffee, studies suggest
Ukraine crisis: Donetsk 'tactical missile' explosion at factory sends blast wave across rebel-held city
Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
Banksy arrest hoax: Internet duped by fake report claiming street artist's identity has been revealed
Super-sized ships arrive in Britain: How big can they get?
Former East 17 frontman Brian Harvey turns up at Downing Street and 'demands to speak to Prime Minister'
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Amal Alamuddin calls for the return of the Elgin Marbles from Britain: 'Injustice has persisted for too long'
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Lord Freud: Tory welfare minister apologises after saying disabled people are 'not worth’ the minimum wage
Negotiable: Randstad Education Leicester: We are recruiting for a Systems and ...
£120 - £140 per day: Randstad Education Group: English as an Additional Langua...
£10000 - £15000 per annum: Randstad Education Cambridge: Nursery assistants re...
£60 - £65 per day: Randstad Education Liverpool: Job opportunities for Seconda...