Swine flu death leaves Department of Health urging public not to panic

The Department of Health is urging the public not to panic after a new mother became the UK's first patient to die while suffering from swine flu.

Hospitals: prepared for swine flu pandemic
Hospitals: prepared for swine flu pandemic

The key message being given out by the DH press office is that the majority of cases in the UK have not been severe.
 
A Department of Health Spokesperson said: ‘We are monitoring the situation very closely, continuing work to slow the spread of the disease, and putting arrangements in place to ensure that the UK remains well-placed to deal with this new infection."

On Friday Health Secretary Andy Burnham encouraged people not to panic after the World Health Organisation announced the world is now in the grip of a flu pandemic, the first in more than 40 years.

He said the UK was well-prepared and the WHO's announcement did not affect the assessment of how the virus was behaving in the UK.

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