Bird-Flu in Wales- British Stiff Upper Lip????

There is almost no mention of the spread of the Bird-Flu (mild) to hundreds of people in Wales in any of the British media.

Is this the traditional Brit Stiff Upper Lip in face of a possible disaster?

Or could it be that the authorities are keeping every one in the dark by a deliberate squeeze on news regarding the Bird-flu outbreak in Wales?

Staff and patients at two hospitals – Ysbyty Glan Clwyd and Ysbyty Gwynedd – have been identified as potentially at risk of contracting H7N2.

They are among a list of 221 people who have been identified as contacts, although the number of people confirmed as showing signs of contamination remains unchanged at 12 – none are seriously ill.

It emerged last night that 79 patients and staff from ward six at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd have been offered Tamiflu as a precaution after coming into contact with a healthcare worker who is being treated for the virus.

And a further 69 patients and staff who were treated at Ysbyty Gwynedd’s accident and emergency department, Trysfan and Gogarth wards, have also been contacted by health officials.

Health officials have not yet been able to rule out person-to-person spread of avian flu, although it is understood that the majority of confirmed cases had some form of close contact with the smallholding at the centre of the outbreak.

Dr Marion Lyons, lead consultant in communicable diseases for the National Public Health Service for Wales (NPHS), said, “We are actively managing the outbreak. This involves taking every precaution in identifying possible contacts of the infected poultry or people who have been ill after contact with the infected poultry.

“We have assessed the risk to others and can confirm that the healthcare worker was working at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd during the time when she may, possibly, have been infectious, between May 21 and May 23.

“Consequently the patients and staff with whom the healthcare worker has had contact are being offered Tamiflu as a precaution.”

Please go to  for an excellent news item by Madeleine Brindley, via icWales™ with the heading: Health worker contracts Avian Flu Virus.      


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