Swine flu case confirmed on ship

A Portuguese warship has been quarantined at Devonport Naval Base after a member of its crew was diagnosed with swine flu.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the decision to quarantine the Bartolomeu Dias was taken by the Portuguese authorities.

The ship has anchored at a jetty in the base and its 183-strong crew given the anti-viral medication, Tamiflu.

Medical staff at the base are liaising with the Health Protection Agency.
The infected crewman is being treated in the sick bay at the naval base.
It is not known how the seaman contracted the disease.

The UK now has nearly 10,000 confirmed cases of swine flu, making it the worst-affected country in Europe.

The Bartolomeu Dias is due to return to its Portuguese base next month.