Swine flu couple leave quarantine

Friends are helping the newlyweds get back to normal

Swine flu victims Iain and Dawn Askham came out of quarantine yesterday – and had a laugh about their ordeal.

A neighbour raised a smile from the newlyweds – who are believed to have caught the bug on a flight home from their honeymoon – by asking: ‘How was Mexico?’

The couple also revealed friends are helping them get back to normality by sending them jokes about their illness.

Britain’s first swine flu victims had been in isolation for nine days – at hospital then at home. They left their house yesterday to meet a pal who had brought round some shopping. They also chatted with neighbours.

But Iain and Dawn are worried people think they are still infectious and didn’t leave the street in Polmont, near Falkirk. Iain, 27, told the Daily Record it was a relief to get out. He said: ‘We’re going to return to normality one step at a time. It was nice to get a bit of fresh air.’

The Askhams are convinced they caught swine flu on the plane back from Mexico, the epicentre of the virus. They were discharged from hospital last Thursday after five nights in separate quarantine rooms.

Despite blood tests giving them the all-clear, they went into ‘home isolation’ as an extra precaution because Dawn, 24, still had a cough.

Iain revealed how their friends have already taken to winding them up. He said: ‘One has bought a box of 50 face masks. Some of our friends who had come into contact with us and were tested as negative were out and the guys had the face masks on.’

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