Five more hospitalised as swine flu risk spirals
Five more patients suffering from swine flu have been admitted to hospital, confirming the growing spread of the virus.
A spokeswoman for University Hospital Limerick confirmed it was treating the five patients for the virus but was unable to provide further details in order to protect confidentiality.
Three other patients, including a pregnant women, are currently undergoing treatment for swine flu in Wexford General Hospital.
Swine flu is now overtaking the B strain of the virus as the most dominant form of the illness now posing a threat to at-risk groups.
A spokeswoman for the Limerick hospital said: "Flu levels generally are currently high, as would be expected at this time of year, and swine flu is one of a number of strains of flu which are circulating."
Seven people have died from complications of flu this winter and five of these were diagnosed as suffering from swine flu. The HSE is expected to relaunch a renewed flu vaccination campaign as the predictions are that levels of the virus will remain high for several weeks.