Rumours that cases of swine flu have been reported on the show at the on-going Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle have been confirmed by the shows organisers, with reps and staff being urged to report any symptoms they feel.
The H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu, has been classified as a pandemic since it first emerged in Mexico a few months ago and, while the vast majority of sufferers make a quick recovery with the aid of anti-virals, doctors urge caution when dealing with the potentially fatal virus.
"Just heard of our first test-confirmed swine flu case at the show. PLEASE if you feel symptoms (fever, etc) go to the doctor,
" said the official PAX twitter account this morning, alerting the 60,000+ attendees at the show to the problem.
"This is the real thing. If you get this number of people together in this close a proximity it is the perfect storm for these kind of wild fire virus spreads,
" Penny Arcade's Robert Khoo told Kotaku
. "We just want to make sure everyone is informed.
At least one case has been confirmed by a doctor, with the patient apparently being a developer from a Boston-based studio.
The symptoms for swine flu include usual flu-like symptoms, including a sore throat, runny nose, body aches and headache as well as diarrhoea and vomiting. More information is available on the CDC website
, so while we encourage discussion in the forums please don't go expecting or issuing medical advice in the comments thread
- seek proper medical advice instead, ideally minimising contact with others at the same time.