Display results as :

Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Guarding Our Tongue.
Tue Sep 10, 2013 3:44 pm by Abu Fauzi

» Be That Warrior.
Sun Sep 08, 2013 11:04 pm by Abu Fauzi

» Guarding Our Tongue.
Sun Sep 08, 2013 10:56 pm by Abu Fauzi

» Something On Sallah.
Sun Sep 08, 2013 10:34 pm by Abu Fauzi

» Leaving What Does Not Cocern Us.
Mon Aug 20, 2012 2:19 pm by Abu Fauzi

» Keeping To The Sunnah.
Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:21 pm by Abu Fauzi

» Recognizing A Hypocrite.
Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:38 pm by Abu Fauzi


World 'well prepared' for virus

Go down

World 'well prepared' for virus

Post by Taalibah on Sun Apr 26, 2009 10:05 pm

World 'well prepared' for virus

The international community is better prepared than ever to deal with the threatened spread of a new swine flu virus, a top UN health chief has said.

Dr Keiji Fukuda said years of preparing for bird flu had led to improved stocks of anti-virals worldwide.

The World Health Organization says the outbreak may become a pandemic.

Canada has become the latest country to confirm cases of the virus in humans after 20 confirmed deaths in Mexico and 20 non-lethal cases in the US.

The cases were recorded at opposite ends of the country: two in British Columbia in the west, and four in the Atlantic province of Nova Scotia.

In the US, eight cases were confirmed among New York students, seven in California, two in Texas, two in Kansas and one in Ohio.

"There is no need for Americans to panic," the White House said.

Several countries in Asia and Latin America have begun screening airport passengers for symptoms.

There is currently no vaccine for the new strain of flu but severe cases can be treated with antiviral medication.

Symptom puzzle

Speaking in Geneva, a WHO expert said the swine flu virus could be capable of mutating into a more dangerous strain but that more information was needed before raising the WHO's pandemic alert phase.

Only a handful of the Mexican cases have so far been laboratory-confirmed as swine flu, while in the US confirmed cases had only mild symptoms.

Health experts want to know why some people become so seriously ill, while others just get a bit of a cold, the BBC's Imogen Foulkes reports from Switzerland.

The WHO added that there was no evidence to suggest the outbreak was a bio-terrorist attack.

It is advising all countries to be vigilant for seasonally unusual flu or pneumonia-like symptoms among their populations - particularly among young healthy adults, a characteristic of past pandemics.

Officials said most of those killed so far in Mexico were young adults - rather than more vulnerable children and the elderly.

It is unclear how effective currently available flu vaccines would be at offering protection against the new strain, as it is genetically distinct from other flu strains.

Sick travellers

H1N1 is the same strain that causes seasonal flu outbreaks in humans but the newly detected version contains genetic material from versions of flu which usually affect pigs and birds.

It is spread mainly through coughs and sneezes.

Suspected cases have been detected beyond Mexico, the US and Canada

* Ten New Zealand students from a group which visited Mexico have tested positive for Influenza A, making it "likely" they are infected with swine flu

* In France, a top health official told Le Parisien newspaper there were unconfirmed suspicions that two individuals who had just returned from Mexico might be carrying the virus

* Spain's health ministry says three people who returned from a trip from Mexico with flu symptoms are in isolation and being tested

* In Israel, medics are testing a 26-year-old man who has been taken to hospital with flu-like symptoms after returning from a trip to Mexico

Mexican shutdown

Officials in Mexico confirmed that 20 people had died from the virus but warned the death toll could be as high as 81.

With Mexico City apparently the centre of infection, many people are choosing to leave the city, the BBC's Stephen Gibbs reports.

Schools, universities and even most bars and restaurants will remain closed for several days and though Sunday church services are going ahead, priests have been asked to give Communion in the hand rather than on the tongue.

There are those that are beginning to worry about the effects swine flu is having on their livelihoods and the Mexican economy in general, our correspondent says.

Fear of the virus is expected to persuade many tourists to cancel their holidays and Mexican exports are already beginning to be affected.

Russia has banned imports of raw pork and pork products from Mexico and the US states of California, Texas and Kansas until further notice as a precaution.

More than 1,300 people have been admitted to hospital with suspected symptoms since 13 April.

Emergency measures in place allow individuals suspected of having the virus to be isolated without fear of legal repercussions.



Join date : 2009-04-10
Posts : 296

Back to top Go down

Back to top

- Similar topics

Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum