UK swine flu cases rise to 27

There are now 27 confirmed cases of swine flu in the UK, with a further 331 cases under investigation, the Health Protection Agency has said.

Photograph: istockphoto
Photograph: istockphoto

Five schools have been closed, three in London, one in Devon and one in south Gloucestershire, after pupils fell ill.

Meanwhile, England’s CMO Sir Liam Donaldson, has warned that it would be ‘premature’ to assume that the swine flu virus is a mild infection because of the low fatality rate.

He predicted that a second, larger wave of infections could be expected during the usual flu season in the autumn and winter.

All UK homes are expected to receive government leaflets from today explaining how to prevent outbreak spread.

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