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Bid to prevent flu concert panic

posted 3 May 2009, 08:29 by David Rintoul   [ updated 31 Oct 2009, 08:13 ]

The Scottish Government has defended its decision not to tell hundreds of concertgoers that Britain's first swine flu victim was in the audience days before being diagnosed.

Newlywed Iain Askham, 27, went to see the rock band Doves at an Edinburgh venue on April 23rd after returning from his honeymoon in Cancun, Mexico.

Mr Askham was among the crowd at the 1,500-capacity HMV Picture House in Lothian Road two days after flying home, but told The People newspaper he had been advised not to reveal he had been at the concert.

He said: "I told them everything when I was in hospital. They suggested it was best not to mention it to anyone else so as not to cause any panic."

Asked whether he thought it was the right decision to make, he added: "That's not something I want to comment on. It's been a worrying time. I hope things get back to normal soon."


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