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NSW: Four more with swine flu die in NSW =3D2

Wed Jul 29 17:09:15 EST 2009

"Pregnant women, people who have existing health problems, such as diabetes, respiratory, heart and renal disease need to take extra care and consult their doctor if they experience flu-like symptoms," Dr Chant said in a statement.

"Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza and seasonal flu can also occasionally affect people who have previously been fit and well, so it is important that everyone continues to be vigilant.

"Anyone who has moderate to severe symptoms of influenza or if their condition deteriorates should seek immediate medical assistance."

Earlier this week, authorities warned of a likely spike in swine flu cases linked to the end of school holidays.

Dr Chant reminded everyone to practice good hygiene, including covering the nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and disposing of tissues promptly after use.

Hands should be washed often with soap and water, particularly if flu symptoms are present.

Since the pandemic began in NSW, 844 confirmed Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza cases have been admitted to hospital.

NSW Health said it believed 47 people with confirmed Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza were currently receiving treatment in intensive care.

A total of 3,874 people in NSW have now tested positive for Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza, however, this figure represents only a small proportion of the true number of cases.

Testing is no longer routinely recommended except for hospitalised patients and in circumstances where it may change clinical management.