Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tour Firms Cancel Flights and Bring Britons Home; Honeymoon Couple Are First Cases in the UK; BRITAIN

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tour Firms Cancel Flights and Bring Britons Home; Honeymoon Couple Are First Cases in the UK; BRITAIN

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Byline: KIRAN RANDHAWA

THE newly-wed couple who became the first people in Britain to contract swine flu are responding well to treatment, their relatives said today.

Iain and Dawn Askham are being treated in isolation at a hospital near Glasgow which has a dedicated infectious diseases unit.

Mr Askham, 27, and his 24-year-old wife showed symptoms of the potentially deadly virus on Thursday after returning from their honeymoon in the Mexican holiday resort of Cancun.

They tested positive for the H1N1 strain last night and seven of 22 family members and friends who had contact with them were showing "mild symptoms" and are being screened.

The Askhams, from Polmont near Falkirk, who got married three weeks ago, were admitted into Monklands Hospital in Airdrie on Saturday.

It is understood that Mr Askham, an information analyst for utility company Scottish Power, showed symptoms on a night out with friends.

Mrs Askham, a healthcare assistant at Boots in Falkirk, showed symptoms the same day.

Boots said today that Mrs Askham worked "briefly" between returning from Mexico and falling ill. Colleagues at the chemist have been told to stay at home, given preventative drugs and tested for the virus.

Mrs Askham's father, Brian Colston, said his daughter's condition was improving: "She's doing OK, she's getting better." British travel companies today cancelled flights to Mexico and arranged emergency flights home for holidaymakers.

Tour operator Thomson said it cancelled two flights due to leave the UK today for Cancun and confirmed that it was bringing home all Thomson and First Choice holidaymakers in Mexico.

Thomas Cook and Airtours, which have about 3,000 holidaymakers in Mexico, also suspended flights for the next seven days.

The Foreign Office earlier changed its travel advice by advising against all but essential travel to Mexico.

There was confusion over who was responsible for checking whether passengers coming in from Mexico were showing symptoms of the disease. …

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