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More cases of swine flu at virus-hit school

29th May 2009

Thirteen children at a primary school in Birmingham are among 17 people recently diagnosed with swine flu.

The Health Protection Agency said one adult at Welford primary school had also been confirmed with the virus, as had two adults in London and another child.

One of the adults had recently retuned from Mexico, the HPA explained, while the other’s diagnosis is linked to a previous case.

With today’s new cases, 203 people in the UK have been confirmed with the H1N1 virus. A further 144 cases are under laboratory review.

On Thursday, the HPA also revealed a strain of the virus suitable for vaccine manufacture had been produced and was being made available to the pharmaceutical industry and other flu laboratories

Dr Stephen Inglis, director of the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC), said: “Our scientists have been working round the clock to develop a vaccine candidate since we received the first swine flu isolate from the USA at the beginning of May and I am delighted that they have been successful so quickly.”

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