British Airways crew member hospitalized with flu-like symptoms

April 26th, 2009 - 1:48 pm ICT by admin  

LONDON (BNO NEWS) – A British Airways crew member has been hospitalized in a British hospital after returning from Mexico, health officials told BNO News early Sunday.

“The Trust can confirm that a male patient is being treated in Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, following his return from Mexico. He has flu-like symptoms and is responding well to treatment, the patient was admitted directly to a side room and the hospital is scrupulously following infection control procedures to ensure there is no risk to any other individual in the hospital,” North West London Hospitals said in a brief statement.

Jonathan Street, who is a spokesman for the hospital, told BNO news that swine flu is considered to be among the possibilities. “Because he came from Mexico it obviously makes it more alarming than it would be if he came from somewhere else, but we don’t know yet what the test will reveal,” Street said. None of the passengers on board his plane have reported feeling sick.

If the case is confirmed to be swine flu, it would be the first known case outside Mexico and the United States.

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