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A number of hotels at Mexican resorts are attempting to restore visitor confidence by offering free holidays to anyone contracting swine flu while staying at their properties.
The scheme involves three hotel chains, and is being led by Real Resorts – the owner of three resort hotels in Cancun and Playa del Carmen.
According to the offer, any guest contracting the H1N1 flu virus within two weeks of staying at one of its hotels in Cancun or Playa del Carmen will receive three years of free holidays.
Ninety million immediate doses of H1N1 swine-flu vaccine have been ordered by the UK government in subsidiary contracts with GlaxoSmithKline and Baxter, it has been revealed.
Originally posted by Chevalerous
Well I feel sorry for all the people that are invoved with the tourist-business in Mexico - they must hurt real bad now!
Originally posted by Burginthorn
Does anyone else have the feeling this is a test run of sorts?
Originally posted by blind.face
reply to post by Chevalerous
I wouldn't travel anywhere in Mexico by plane at the moment, and that's coming from someone that lives here.
That's JMO though.
Researcher: Swine flu to land in Finland from south in the autumn
Albert Osterhaus regards Europe’s reaction to flu scare as incoherent
When severe influenza epidemics rampaged across the world in 1957 and 1968, young Albert Osterhaus was both times bedridden with the illness.
This time around, however, Dr. Osterhaus, now one of the world's leading virologists, maintains that he will avoid catching the bug.
“I am now in such a vanguard position that I can ensure that I will avoid the infection”, Osterhaus laughs when interviewed over the telephone.
Osterhaus criticises the EU nations’ reaction to the threat: There has been a lack of coordination, for example, compared with the United States.
“The countries are now competing with each other in medicine and vaccine acquisitions. This hardly qualifies as evidence of ‘good European spirit’”.
“The possible epidemic would hit hardest the developing countries”, Osterhaus says. Many of the western countries, in turn, might get away with the illness with rather mild consequences, especially if the vaccine is produced on time.
“There are rich and poor countries in the world, and an influenza epidemic does not change that fact.”
The number of confirmed cases of new A/H1N1 swine flu in Japan surged over the weekend, when health officials reported earlier today, Monday, that at least 121 people have tested positive, said a report in the Associated Press (AP). This compares with only 4 confirmed cases on Friday.
According to a BBC news report, over the weekend the Japanese authorities also reported the country's first case of community spread swine flu in a patient from the large port city of Kobe (the capital of Hyogo prefecture), which is about 270 miles (430 km) west of Tokyo.
The patient, a 17-year old student, had not travelled abroad, raising speculation that if more cases like this emerge it will cause the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise the pandemic alert to phase 6, signifying that more than one WHO region now has cases arising from within communities as opposed to travellers bringing it in from infected areas. Currently only North America is in that category.
The WHO pandemic alert level is not an indicator of how lethal the virus is, only how it is spreading.
Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso said although everyone had to be careful "we must respond calmly and appropriately," and that "with quick treatment patients can recover".
The world's largest pork producer is facing legal action over claims conditions at one of its pig farms allowed swine flu to develop.
Smithfield Foods has been accused of rearing pigs in "horrifically unsanitary" conditions which were ideal for the deadly virus to be created and circulate.
The legal action has been launched by the family of Judy Dominguez Trunnell, the first American woman to have died from swine flu earlier this month.
Last month it was discovered that one of the earliest cases of the disease was detected near the firm's pig farm in La Gloria, Mexico,, where 1m swine are reared each year.
Residents had long-complained the smell and vast amounts of manure created by the farm had made them ill.
The petition claims H1N1 may never have been introduced if Smithfield had taken better care of its farm.
So far there is no evidence the disease originated in pigs and the herd at the unit in La Gloria has been cleared of having the disease by government scientists.
Only one pig herd in Canada has tested positive for the virus after being infected by a farm worker.
Originally posted by Aeons
This flu leaves you vulnerable to other viruses and disease, which means that deaths not directly attributed to this flu can probably be traced back to this flu priming the immune system.
GENEVA, May 18 (Reuters) - The H1N1 flu strain is spreading fast in Japan, the World Health Organisation said on Monday, and ministers and top officials in Geneva discussed how to fight pandemic flu with drugs and vaccines.
WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said the flu outbreak that has put the world on the brink of a pandemic needed to be tackled with the utmost seriousness, because there were still many unknowns about which path it will take.
We are all under pressure to make urgent and far-reaching decisions in an atmosphere of considerable scientific uncertainty," she told her U.N. agency's World Health Assembly.
The nation of Chile has confirmed that they were hit with two cases of the swine flu over the weekend.
Initially, health officials in Chile reported that they have recorded the first ever case of swine flu in the country.
Then, just a few hours later, they came out and confirmed the second case of the virus.
Both of the cases consisted of women over the age of 30 who came from the Dominican Republic.
They flew over on a flight whichi carried around 100 passengers in total.