Record Reporter Writes First Hand Account of Virus Fear

You may have read last week, in the Daily Record, of the Edinburgh couple who were given the all-clear after fearing they had contracted Swine Flu following a honeymoon trip to Mexico.

It was written by reporter, Amy Devine, who is based in the paper’s Edinburgh office. Pete and Jenny Marshall had been in Cancun at the same time as newlyweds, Iain and Dawn Askham, from near Falkirk, who did contract the virus.

You may, however, have missed an early edition, short piece on Thursday by Amy revealing that she personally knew the couple and had met them socially just before they had started becoming a cause for concern.

She begins: “I am writing this report from home – under doctor’s orders because I have been in close contact with people who have been in Mexico. NHS 24 guidelines define me as ‘at risk’ and my GP has advised that I should not go to the office – and contact the health authorities immediately if I start to show symptoms.”

She continued: “My boyfriend and I now face an anxious wait to hear whether my friends’ results will put them – and us – in the clear. I’m sure I don’t have Swine Flu and that, in the next few days, I’ll be given the all-clear. But while there is any doubt, I’d rather not risk spreading it so neither of us have left the house for two days now.”

She explained how Jenny had appeared to have suffered food poinsoning on the flight home but that she had got better and that her husband and a flatmate seemed well.

“Then on Tuesday morning, I received a call from Pete telling me that he, Jenny and [flatmate] Gemma had been told to quarantine themselves for at least the next five days.”

Come the later editions, her first person article had been replaced by news that the couple – and therefore she – had been given a clean bill of health.