Swine flu suspected in East Anglia

Doctors at an Essex hospital are treating a woman suffering from a suspected case of swine flu.The woman went to Broomfield hospital in Chelmsford after suffering symptoms of the potentially fatal disease.

Doctors at an Essex hospital are treating a woman suffering from a suspected case of swine flu.

The woman went to Broomfield hospital in Chelmsford yesterday after suffering symptoms of the potentially fatal disease.

Jo Trigg, head of communications at Mid Essex Hospitals NHS Trust, said: 'The trust can confirm that we have a patient who was admitted to Broomfield Hospital with suspected swine flu on Tuesday.

'While tests are being run the patient is being treated in isolation and infection control procedures are being scrupulously followed to ensure no other patient or member of staff is put at risk.'


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She added: 'The test results aren't back yet, they are not due until this afternoon. At the moment it is just a suspected case.'

The results of the tests are expected at around 3pm this afternoon.

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So far Scottish newlyweds Iain and Dawn Askham are the only Britons confirmed to be suffering from swine flu, which is suspected to have caused almost 160 deaths in Mexico.

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