SWINE FLU BREAKING NEWS: Cases top 2,000, potential global burden, farm residents test negative, USAID efforts, vaccine contract

first_imgMay 7, 2009The global illness count for the novel H1N1 swine influenza climbed to 2,099 confirmed cases with 44 deaths in 23 countries early today, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported. That included 1,112 cases and 42 deaths in Mexico and yesterday’s US count of 642 cases and 2 deaths. Spain reported 73 cases and the United Kingdom 28. [WHO update 19]The US swine flu case count jumped to 896 cases in 41 states this morning, an increase of 254 cases since yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported. The number of affected states was the same as yesterday (41), and the death toll remained at 2. [CDC swine flu page]If the swine flu epidemic evolves into a full-scale pandemic, the record of past pandemics suggests it would be reasonable to estimate that perhaps as many as a third of the world’s population could become infected, Dr. Keiji Fukuda of the WHO said at a press briefing today. But he said he was not making a prediction, only noting the historical pattern. “We live in a different world” today, and no one knows what will happen, he added. Fukuda said he wanted to explain the seriousness of the threat because the WHO has been getting questions about why it is paying so much attention to the virus.Health officials in Canada yesterday said recently sick people who live on a farm where pigs were infected with the swine flu virus tested negative for the virus, including the carpenter who worked near the pigs when he was sick after traveling to Mexico, the Canadian Press (CP) reported. However, David Butler-Jones, MD, Canada’s chief public health officer, told the CP that “sampling” issues might have affected the test results and antibody tests will be conducted to confirm whether the farm residents were infected with the new virus.Yesterday in testimony before a House foreign affairs subcommittee, Dennis Carroll of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) detailed US efforts to help global agencies respond to the swine flu epidemic. USAID has provided $5 million to help the WHO and the Pan American Health Organization beef up detection and control efforts in Mexico, sent 100,000 sets of personal protective equipment to surveillance workers and first responders in Mexico, and provided support for swine surveillance in Mexico and Central America. Carroll told legislators that USAID has also established its own H1N1 task force and has activated a response team to address the humanitarian needs of 1 billion people in developing countries. [May 6 USAID statement]Two infectious disease experts are warning people against intentionally getting infected with the swine flu as a hedge against getting sick with a potentially more lethal strain of the virus in the months ahead, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. William Schaffner, MD, a flu immunization expert at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, told the AP that an individual’s response to a particular flu virus is unpredictable and could involve life-threatening complications. He also said infected people can unintentionally spread the virus to more vulnerable populations. [May 7 AP story]Vical Inc., a San Diego vaccine company, announced yesterday that it signed an agreement with the US Navy Medical Research Center to speed the development of a DNA-based vaccine against the swine flu virus. The vaccine would contain Vaxfectin, the company’s proprietary adjuvant, which it has used in its DNA vaccine against the H5N1 avian influenza virus. The company did not disclose how much money the agreement involves. [May 6 Vical press release]last_img read more

China has become the largest source of tourists in the world

first_imgPhoto: Pexels.com During 2018, the three largest destinations in the European Union, in terms of the volume of arrivals of Chinese tourists, were the United Kingdom (+ 2,4%), Germany (+ 2,6%) and France (+ 7,7%). The three countries with the largest expansion were Croatia (+ 45,7%), Estonia (35,8%) and Hungary (+ 25,1%). More attached. Minister Shugang also stressed the importance of civilized tourism. “On the one hand, measures should be taken to guarantee the safety of tourists, but on the other hand, we must also advocate the civilized behavior of Chinese tourists, which would present the Chinese image and civilization in a positive light.” He also stressed the need to further modernize the infrastructure at tourist destinations, as well as improve the quality of reception and services, in order to make the travel environment as pleasant and comfortable as possible for tourists. He said that despite the fact that it would take another two years to address the shortage of toilets, the “toilet revolution” in the country has made steady progress over the past four years with the construction and renovation of 35 tourist toilets by the end of last year. Luo Shugang, China’s culture and tourism minister, said China has become the world’s largest source of tourists. Namely, the Chinese’s foreign travels reached the figure of 150 million in 2018, reports Travel and Tour World. CHINESE TOURISTS EXPECT TRADITIONAL CUISINE, NATURE PARKS AND CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL MONUMENTS FROM CROATIA JOANNE CHAN, IPPWORLD: THE AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE IS MOST IMPORTANT TO CHINESE TOURISTS. THEY WANT TO SEE HOW LOCAL PEOPLE LIVE, WORK AND HAVE FUN CHINESE TOURISTS SPEND THE MOST ON HOLIDAYS RELATED NEWS: EUROPE IS STILL A FAVORITE DESTINATION FOR CHINESE TOURISTS Speaking about the “toilet revolution”, a campaign launched in 2015 to increase the number of toilets in tourist locations, Shugang said toilets, as well as sanitation, should be improved at major tourist attractions. EUROPE IS STILL A FAVORITE DESTINATION FOR CHINESE TOURISTS last_img read more