Hereford & Worcester

Swine flu Herefordshire Council worker dies

A Herefordshire council worker has died after contracting swine flu, health officials say.

The worker had previous underlying health problems, NHS Herefordshire confirmed.

It is the first death in the county caused by the H1N1 swine flu virus, the spokesman added.

Dr Sarah Aitken, the county's director of public health, said thoughts were with the victim's friends, colleagues and family.

She urged people with long-term health problems and are at risk of complications to get vaccinated.

'Well prepared'

She said: "As we know, the vast majority of people diagnosed with swine flu have had relatively moderate symptoms and have responded well to antiviral drugs.

"However, in rare cases, the consequences can be more serious and this is why we must all practise good respiratory and hand hygiene measures.

"I would like to reassure people in Herefordshire that the risk to them is low and the primary care trust, the council and other agencies have well prepared plans to manage swine flu in this county.

"However, we are repeating our plea for all people in the community who have long-term health problems and are 'at risk' of complications from swine flu to contact their GP and get their free flu vaccine, which protects them against H1N1".

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