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Boy from Northern Ireland diagnosed with swine flu

The child, who became ill at the weekend, has been transferred to a hospital in Glasgow.

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A BOY FROM North Belfast has been diagnosed with swine flu and has now been transferred to a hospital in Glasgow for treatment.

The BBC reports the the primary school child was admitted to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children after becoming ill at the weekend.

It is understood that the boy’s family had travelled outside of the country and it is unclear where he picked up the virus.

Yesterday the Public Health Agency released a statement which said the strains of flu circulating this year include H1N1 and that it has already been found in small number of people in Northern Ireland. The agency assured the public that this is “not unusual” and said general rates of seasonal flu remain low.

The latest figures from the agency show that a total of twenty people have currently been diagnosed with swine flu in Northern Ireland.

This year’s season flu vaccines in Northern Ireland included protection against the H1N1 virus.

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