How the swine flu virus spread across the UK

Author: Press Association

Here is a timeline:

* April 24: The Health Protection Agency says it is monitoring a deadly swine
flu outbreak in Mexico and the United States after more than 60 people die
after contracting the virus.

* April 26: Iain and Dawn Askham, of Polmont, near Falkirk, are confirmed as
the first UK cases of swine flu after returning from their honeymoon in
Mexico.

* June 11: The World Health Organisation announces the swine flu outbreak is
now a pandemic because its geographical spread is global.

The move means the world is in the grip of a flu outbreak on a scale not seen
for more than 40 years.

* June 14: Jacqui Fleming, 38, of Glasgow, becomes the first person in the UK
to die after contracting the virus.

Ms Fleming died two weeks after her son, Jack, was born 11 weeks prematurely.

The Crown Office later confirmed Ms Fleming died as a result of multi-organ
failure due to influenzal pneumonia (H1N1).

Jack died on June 15 but an NHS Greater Glasgow spokesman said the baby did
not die from swine flu.

Ms Fleming, who was said to have had underlying health conditions, lived with
her two other children – one aged 18 and one of primary school age – and her
long-term partner William McCann in Carnwadric.

* June 27: A 73-year-old man from the Inverclyde area of Scotland dies at the
Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley after contracting swine flu.

The unnamed man, who had serious underlying health conditions, had been
receiving treatment in the hospital’s intensive care unit for 15 days.

* June 26: Sameerah Ahmad, six, who was born with a rare life-threatening
disease, dies at Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital after contracting swine
flu.

Tests on the girl’s body revealed she had contracted swine flu, although it is
not yet known if this contributed to her death.

She was also believed to have been suffering from a condition which weakened
her bone marrow and her immune system, making it difficult for her body to
fight infection.

* July 2: The UK has moved past the stage of containing the swine flu outbreak
and into the “treatment phase” with hundreds of cases recorded every day,
Health Secretary Andy Burnham tells the Commons.

Predicting a huge daily rise in new cases, Mr Burnham says: “Cases are
doubling every week and on this trend we could see over 100,000 cases per
day by the end of August.”

* July 3: A 19-year-old man is confirmed as the first person in London to die
after contracting swine flu.

The teenager, from south London, who suffered serious underlying health
problems, tested positive for the virus following his death.

* July 6: A nine-year-old child is confirmed as the second person in London to
die after contracting swine flu.

The child, from south London, had serious underlying health problems.

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