Swine flu back in Poland – hospital closed to visitors








A hospital in south-west Poland has enforced a quarantine, banning visitors after patients and staff were diagnosed with Swine Flu.

Szpital Wojewódski in Bielsko-Biała announced the ban on January 3 – stopping visitors from entering any of its branches indefinitely. In all, 13 people at the hospital are so far infected with the disease, with a further two cases in Sucha Beskidzka.

A spokeswoman for Szpital Wojewódski said the patients were in ‘various conditions’. The patients in Sucha Beskidzka were said on the afternoon of January 3 to be ‘serious but stable’.

Swine Flu, known as A/H1N1, caused a pandemic in 2010/2011. During that outbreak Ewa Kopacz, then Minister of Health, refused to stockpile vaccines in Poland, saying that it was not advisable to do so until the drugs had undergone comprehensive testing.

Polish figures show that around six per cent of people who get Swine Flu are seriously affected. But, according to scientists, the virus is no more dangerous than ‘ordinary’ seasonal flu.

Symptoms include fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, runny nose, sore throat, cough, joint and muscle pain, and vomiting




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