Supermarket worker struck down with swine flu

A SUPERMARKET worker in Canary Wharf is the latest to be confirmed with swine flu East London. The woman had been off work for nine or 10 days from Waitrose—but was only diagnosed on Wednesday

By Julia Gregory

A SUPERMARKET staff member in Canary Wharf is the latest victim to be confirmed with swine flu in East London.

The woman had been off work from Waitrose for nine or 10 days—but was only diagnosed on Wednesday.

She is being treated for Tamiflu by her GP and is said to be making a good recovery.

But there has been no risk to shoppers, the supermarket assured.

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“We are acting under advice from the World Health Organisation and the Health Protection Agency,” it said in a statement. “They have advised that it is perfectly safe to keep the branch open.”

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It is the fifth confirmed case of swine flu in Tower Hamlets, taking the London total to 195.

Almost 1,600 cases have been reported in Britain so far.

Symptoms are similar to regular seasonal flu which include fever, fatigue, lack of appetite, coughing, sore throat, pain in muscles and joints, headache and chills.

Some people with swine flu have also reported vomiting and diarrhea.

It can spread from one person to another by coughing or sneezing and from touching objects such as door handles which have the virus, the Health Protection Agency warns.

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