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Swine flu cases continue to rise in the UK

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Another five cases of swine flu have been officially confirmed in the UK, bringing the total to 117.

According to the Health Protection Agency, five cases have been confirmed today: two in London, two in the south east and one in the West Midlands.

A further 169 cases are under laboratory investigation.

The HPA has reminded all travellers going abroad during the half-term school break to take precautions against swine flu.

There is widespread community transmission in North America, the HPA warned.

Before travelling, people are urged to check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for information specific to the country you are visiting, or call its 24-hour advice line on 0845 850 2829.

Travellers should also follow general infection control practices and good respiratory hand hygiene, such as washing frequently with soap and water and covering the nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.

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