Five people in isolation following suspected SWINE FLU outbreak

12th Mar 18 | News

Five women and babies have been put in isolation after a suspected outbreak of the virus in Dublin

Five mothers and babies have been put in isolation following a suspected outbreak of swine flu in the Dóchas Centre in Dublin.

One woman was diagnosed with the highly contagious virus following a routine check-up by medical staff.

Following her diagnosis, five women and babies were put in isolation until they are no longer contagious incase they have also contracted the virus.

According to the Irish Mirror, staff have been given all the necessary equipment to protect themselves against the virus when attending to the patients in isolation.

Staff who accompanied the diagnosed patient to hospital have been told to not return to work until their incubation period has passed.

A source told The Irish Sun: “This is being treated very seriously by prison bosses. Every effort is being made to stop the spread of this disease. It is potentially life threatening.”

The highly contagious illness is spread through the air by droplets from sneezing, coughing or by direct contact with saliva.

Symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough, chills and fatigue, body aches and headaches with some people also experiencing diarrhoea and vomiting.