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PUBLISHED: 16:57 17 June 2009 | UPDATED: 09:24 12 August 2010

HEALTH chiefs have promised residents they will be able to cope with swine flu as the World Health Organisation declared it a pandemic.

HEALTH chiefs have promised residents they will be able to cope with swine flu as the World Health Organisation declared it a pandemic.

Bromley Primary Care Trust (PCT) said it had services and personnel on stand-by to deal with any new outbreaks.

So far, Bromley has had just two cases of the H1N1 virus, but as of Monday the number of people in the UK with swine flu was 1,320.

It claimed the life of its first British victim last Sunday with the death of Jacqueline Fleming, 38, from Glasgow.

Director of public health for Bromley, Dr Angela Bhan, said: "Over the last few weeks all statutory agencies in Bromley have consolidated their flu pandemic plans so we can manage and treat local cases of swine flu as the numbers grow. While we are seeing significant transmission in some parts of the country this is not yet the position in Bromley. Up to now we have had only two confirmed cases."

Anyone with a temperature over 38 degrees who also has some or all of the symptoms of a runny nose, cough, sore throat, aching limbs and headache may have swine flu.

"They should stay at home and telephone their GP for advice on treatment. It is important to avoid going to the surgery or to hospital if at all possible," said Dr Bhan.

The World Health Organisation's declaration of phase six of its pandemic alert system means swine flu is now spreading much faster in several countries and is not an indication that it is becoming more severe.

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