CHESHIRE West and Chester Council has issued a statement after the first reported cases of swine flu in Mid Cheshire.
It has emerged this week a Wharton Primary School pupil has been diagnosed with the H1N1 virus, and there have also been suspected cases at Willow Wood Primary School in Winsford and Weaverham High School.
Ann Moore, from CWAC’s children services department said: “A number of children and adults in the West Cheshire area, connected directly and indirectly with schools, have been treated with Tamiflu after presenting symptoms similar to those ofŠswine flu.
“Until last week all suspected cases were clinically tested but none known to the local authority haveŠproved positive. “From Monday, July 6, the strategy for managing the virus changed from one of mitigation and containment to treatment.
“Consequently,Šanyone concerned about symptoms is now asked to contact their GP, who will issue a voucher for collection ofŠthe antiviral flu medicine from a recommended centre to those who may have swine flu.
“As a consequence there has been an increase in ‘reported’ cases. Every headteacher and parents of 58,000 school children in West Cheshire hasŠreceived a letter from the Health Protection Agency and relevant PCTŠgiving all necessary advice with regard to this issue.
“Finally, we would stress thatŠit is very much business as usual at all schools in West Cheshire.”