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Rise in respiratory cases

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By Fiona Reid
Rise in respiratory cases

AN increase has been noted locally in people being unwell with respiratory illness along with coughs and temperatures.

Health bosses say there’s also been a rise in hospital admissions amongst those most vulnerable.

Commenting on the current situation, nurse consultant in health protection Fiona McKinnon said: “We do see increases in respiratory infections at points throughout the year. This year, there has also been an increase in people with whooping cough across the UK.”

As a result, she has shared some advice on reducing the spread of respiratory infections, saying: “Some of the symptoms that we are seeing are similar to a cold-like illness; sneezing, sore throats along with headaches and all-over body aches.

“If you’re experiencing a respiratory illness, there are some simple things you can do to help reduce the spread to other people. I’d encourage everyone to follow these actions and to think of others, including those who might be a bit more vulnerable.”

Anyone with symptoms should avoid contact with other people while unwell and until the fever has gone.

Also, avoid visits to those in hospitals or care homes if you have respiratory symptoms.

Carry a tissue and use it to capture coughs and sneezes. Then dispose of them as soon as possible and wash your hands.

Handwashing is key to limiting the spread of many common viruses which cause a range of respiratory and other infections.

Pharmacies are a great source of advice, and there are a number of over-the-counter remedies for common illnesses which people might want to ensure are on hand within their homes.

In addition, there’s more information online at, and via the NHS 24 111 helpline.


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