Swine flu hits West Herts

PUBLISHED: 12:15 01 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:07 06 May 2010

A MAN living in West Herts has tested positive for swine flu – but the exact location of where he lives is not being revealed. Health experts refuse to pinpoint where the man lives in the West Herts area, which takes in St Albans, Hemel Hempstead and Wat

A MAN living in West Herts has tested positive for swine flu - but the exact location of where he lives is not being revealed.

Health experts refuse to pinpoint where the man lives in the West Herts area, which takes in St Albans, Hemel Hempstead and Watford, but say he is responding well to treatment in his own home.

The man and a family of three in Stevenage have all tested positive for swine flu - the first cases in the county.

All four individuals have recently travelled back to the UK from countries affected by the outbreak.

Dr Jane Halpin, Director of Public Health at NHS East and North Herts and West Herts, urged people not to panic.

She said: "The people here in Hertfordshire who have contracted swine flu have all spent time recently in a country affected by the virus and their symptoms are mild. They are all at home and being looked after by local GPs.

"There is no reason for members of the public to be concerned. We still have very few cases of swine flu and the symptoms are not severe. We do have in place robust plans to tackle swine flu and its possible spread. Our incident team meets regularly to review plans and to monitor the situation.


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