THE number of people in North East hospitals with swine flu has doubled in the last week.
In North of Tyne 14 people are in hospital with the virus, in South of Tyne and Wear, 18; and in County Durham and Darlington, one.
However, the number of new cases in the North East has decreased and there is no sign the virus is mutating, the Health Protection Agency announced today.
Martin Wilson, director of NHS flu resilience in the North East said: “Over the past week we have seen a significant reduction in the number of people in the region with swine flu symptoms using the national pandemic flu service.
“Whilst this is encouraging, our focus remains the same. We are continuing to plan in detail to ensure that the NHS in the north east is fully prepared to deal with any further influx of cases as we enter autumn.
“The NHS across the region is continuing to do an excellent job in managing the pandemic and I would like to thank staff for their continued hard work and dedication.”