52 swine flu cases now in Tasmania

13/06/2018 Posted by admin

THE number of Human Swine Flu cases in Tasmania reached 52 today as the Public Health Department announced it would no longer be providing figures on people infected with the virus.”As at 8.30am today Tasmania had 52 confirmed cases of Human Swine Flu — six more than at 4.30 pm yesterday,” the department said in a media release.”There are currently nine more probable cases.”Three people have been hospitalised since the spread of the virus began, but no-one remains in hospital.”The department says that of the 52 confirmed cases to date, 22 have been in the NW, 11 in the North, 17 in the South and 2 are from interstate who had travelled to Tasmania and became unwell.”. . . with the transition to the protect phase, universal testing for confirmation of the virus will no longer be conducted, and updated numbers will not be available beyond today.”The department says the “transition to PROTECT” phase means that Tasmanians currently in home isolation:* Tasmania will join the rest of the country in revising its response to Human Swine Flu in the coming week, with the transition to be completed by next week.* As we are currently in the transition phase, Public Health will be contacting all active confirmed cases and their contacts in the coming days.* From next week, contacts of confirmed or probable cases will not be required to stay in home quarantine.”Of course, our advice stands that if Tasmanians become unwell with symptoms of flu they should stay home for seven days after the onset of illness. This should happen with all influenza.”For contacts who are still within their quarantine period, we will be asking them to remain in home quarantine for their advised period, up until Sunday. “As these people have been in contact with a confirmed case, there is still merit in them remaining at home and therefore restricting the spread of the virus.”The department says they will be advising these people that home quaratine is voluntary it is their preference that they remain isolated from the general community.There are now almost 40,000 people around the world infected with the swine flu virus and there have been 167 deaths. There are 2112 confirmed cases in Austarlia with Victoria the worst affected state.
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