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Health Protection Agency staff on swine flu alert at Birmingham International Airport

STAFF from the Health Protection Agency were on high alert at Birmingham International Airport yesterday offering help and advice to passengers returning from Mexico amid concerns over the swine flu outbreak.

STAFF from the Health Protection Agency were on high alert at Birmingham International Airport yesterday offering help and advice to passengers returning from Mexico amid concerns over the swine flu outbreak.

The flight from Cancun, which landed at 9.45am, saw travellers handed leaflets about the virus with an ambulance facility on standby in the event of anyone feeling unwell after leaving the plane.

The airport has come under the spotlight recently as three of the UK’s confirmed swine flu cases are known to have arrived in Birmingham on flights from Mexico.

The Health Protection Agency say there are currently 28 confirmed cases of swine flu in the UK, with two cases from the West Midlands.

Officials at the West Midlands Health Protection Agency are currently advising people that if they have flu-like symptoms and have returned from Mexico recently they should call NHS Direct on 0845 4647 for assistance and information.

A swine flu information line is also available on 0800 1513513.

Yesterday airline operator Thomson cancelled all outbound flights from Birmingham International Airport to Cancun up to and including May 12 after being advised by the Foreign Office.

It normally runs one weekly flight on a Thursday to the destination.

Meanwhile, bosses at Birmingham International Airport are maintaining it is still business as usual at the site.

A spokesperson said: “We are working closely with and taking advice from a number of agencies.

“There are no restrictions on regular travel or closure of borders.”

 

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