Belfast boy diagnosed with swine flu hospitalised in Scotland


A boy from east Belfast has been transferred to hospital in Scotland to be treated for swine flu.

The primary school child fell ill at the weekend and was initially treated at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

As part of his treatment he was kept isolated but was then moved to hospital in Glasgow, possibly because he required support from a specialist breathing machine, the BBC reported.

It is unclear whether the virus was picked up in Northern Ireland but it is understood the boy’s family had previously travelled outside the country.

Almost 30 people died during a swine flu outbreak in Northern Ireland three years ago, though most of them had underlying health problems.

Others were hit by the virus but recovered.

Currently there are 20 people in Northern Ireland who have been diagnosed with the virus, the Public Health Agency said.