Four diagnosed with swine flu

Last updated 05:00 06/06/2014

Relevant offers

Health

Flimsy evidence used in ads for medicines: study Rocky road ahead for little Kayla $10 million donation for cancer research in Auckland New genetic test positive for those with fertility issues NZ irrigation and its guilty secrets The health check up that saved Danny Bedingfield's life Professor proves benefit of blackcurrants Hydrocephalus sufferer learns to swim with help of Halberg Foundation Camp Quality lets young cancer survivors be kids again Top doc says anti-vaccinators on 'flat earth'

Four people have been admitted to Southland Hospital's intensive care unit this year after being diagnosed with swine flu.

However, the health board says the number is not unexpected, and no higher than usual.

Southern District Health Board Patient Services medical director Richard Bunton confirmed the patients were treated in the ICU.

"Southern DHB has had four confirmed H1N1 flu cases treated in ICU. This is not more than usual and we expect more H1N1 admissions during the flu season." He encouraged people to get their flu vaccinations.

He would not confirm patient ages, citing patient privacy, but said admission to the ICU indicated the cases were serious.

"Flu that causes pneumonia, like H1N1 can do, is serious and people can die. All people are vulnerable to all flus. However if you are elderly, have other medical conditions, pregnant or are very young you are more susceptible."

Ten cases of the virus had been diagnosed last year.

Ad Feedback

- The Southland Times

Special offers
Opinion poll

Should fluoride in water be the responsibility of central government?

Yes

No

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content