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Home work for staff at higher flu risk

PUBLISHED: 13:47 23 July 2009 | UPDATED: 10:54 23 August 2010

PREGNANT council employees are working from home because three staff at the offices where they work have been diagnosed with swine flu. Gravesham Borough Council confirmed the outbreak at the civic centre in Windmill Street, Gravesend, at the end of las

PREGNANT council employees are working from home because three staff at the offices where they work have been diagnosed with swine flu.

Gravesham Borough Council confirmed the outbreak at the civic centre in Windmill Street, Gravesend, at the end of last week.

As a precautionary measure, all three employees are now resting on sickness absence until they are given the all clear by doctors to go back to work.

A council spokesperson said: "We have taken swift action to help stop the virus spreading and all cleaning staff have been alerted and extra precautionary measures have been made.

"This includes the provision of the hand gel stations at the civic centre and arranging for pregnant employees to work from home.

"Additional awareness posters will also be displayed in all toilets, public and staff areas reminding employees and customers of preventative measures."

All council staff have been contacted with information on swine flu, and they have also provided a staff nurse. It is thought pregnant women are at higher-risk from the condition.

As this latest outbreak was announced, the government confirmed that the number of Britons who had died after contracting the H1N1 virus stands at 29. Health chiefs have warned that the number of cases could soar to 100,000 a day in Britain by the end of the month.

The spokesperson added: "We are asking members of the public who have symptoms of swine flu to contact their GP and not come in to the civic centre. All council business should be conducted over the phone.

Symptoms of the virus include a sudden fever, cough or shortness of breath, a headache, sore throat, tiredness, aching muscles, chills, sneezing, runny nose or loss of appetite.

l If you are concerned you have swine flu, contact NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 or see your GP.

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