Health secretary: up to 25 UK cases of swine flu

Twenty-five cases of possible swine flu have so far been reported in the UK, the health secretary Alan Johnson has told the House of Commons.

Mr Johnson said eight cases had proved to be negative, and that the remaining 14 were undergoing initial investigation but were well enough to be managed in the community.

Among the cases that were reported were two people in Scotland and a Canadian visitor to Sale in Greater Manchester, who was taken to hospital as a precaution after showing flu-like symptoms.

Meanwhile, UK tourists have been warned against travel to areas with swine flu by the EU Health Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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