Scotland hints at swine flu change

A Scottish woman has died from swine flu, as the virus claimed its first death in Europe, the Scottish government has confirmed.

The death comes just days after the WHO officially declared a pandemic following a surge of cases in Australia.

The victim is a 38-year-old woman who had underlying health problems and gave birth prematurely at a hospital in Paisley.

Scottish health secretary Nicola Sturgeon has hinted that the strategy for dealing with the outbreak may now need to be moved on from containment to mitigation because of the way in which the virus is spreading rapidly across the country.

The RCGP anticipates that at some point there may be a shift in policy away from containment to mitigation. Meanwhile, LMCs have expressed concerns that GPs are not receiving enough guidance and advice to deal with the outbreak.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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