Three more cases of swine flu have been confirmed in Britain, the Government has revealed.
They include a 12-year-old girl from Devon. Her school, Paignton Community College, has been closed for seven days and 230 children offered anti-viral drugs.
The other two victims are a 41-year man from Birmingham and a 22-year-old man from London. All three had recently travelled to Mexico and are said to be responding well to treatment.
At a press conference at the Department of Health in central London, Health Secretary Alan Johnson said: “The little girl involved is doing fine, as are the other two men.”
He said the advice is that schools and children’s services should continue to operate as normal.
The first confirmed UK cases were newlyweds Iain and Dawn Askham from Polmont near Falkirk who are now recovering in a Lanarkshire hospital. Eight people who came into contact with them have tested negative for the virus, Scottish Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said.