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OMS tiene dosis de antiviral para 5 millones de personas
Noticias en linea | Novedades Acapulco

Ginebra (AP).- La empresa farmacéutica suiza Roche Holding AG informó el lunes que la Organización Mundial de la Salud cuenta con suficientes dosis de la droga antigripal Tamiflu como para tratar a cinco millones de personas, en caso de que la nueva cepa de gripe porcina que se inició en México se convierta en pandemia.

“Es un estado de alerta de 24 horas”, dijo Martina Rupp, vocera de Roche.

Rupp dijo a The Associated Press que además de las reservas controladas por la OMS, hay millones de dosis más en poder de 85 a 90 gobiernos.

Tres quintas partes de las reservas de Tamiflu de la OMS se hallan en depósitos de Roche en Estados Unidos y en Suiza. El resto ha sido almacenado por la OMS en diferentes partes del mundo, informó Rupp.

Las reservas que guarda Roche han sido donadas a la OMS y pueden ser despachadas a cualquier punto del planeta, apenas la OMS emita una orden, dijo Rupp.

La firma, con sede en Basilea, Suiza, también puede acrecentar la producción para hacer 400 millones de dosis de Tamiflu al año. Roche ha firmado acuerdos con empresas farmacéuticas en Sudáfrica, India y China con el propósito de aumentar aún más la producción.

Roche comenzó a incrementar la producción de Tamiflu en el 2005 luego de la epidemia de gripe aviar en Asia.

La compañía está en capacidad de fabricar 4.000 millones de cápsulas de Tamiflu al año, para tratar a 400 millones de personas, informó Rupp.

Gran Bretaña y Japón han formulado recientemente nuevos pedidos de Tamiflu pues se proponen duplicar sus reservas de la droga, dijo Rupp.

Tamiflu es un profármaco antiviral selectivo contra el virus de la influenza. Su acción se basa en la inhibición de las neuraminidasas presentes en el virus de la gripe.

http://www.aca-novenet.com.mx/notasonline/once.php

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My note –

First of all, I don’t understand why the United States who didn’t mind having a woman remove body jewelry from her boob at an airport security checkpoint while denying her basic human and civil rights, is the same country that doesn’t want to have non-invasive body temperature / fever reading at airport security because of “civil rights.” Do they know what civil and human rights are? Can’t they tell the difference?

Second, I don’t understand why anyone would send their children to holiday in Acapulco or Cancun considering the recent drug violence anyway – including nine murders here and five there and three others a week ago plus no telling how many that aren’t reported and kidnappings, robbery, violence and illicit drug trade instabilities.

Third, I also don’t understand why the United States security details and State Department sent our President into an area that had cases of swine flu occur that were known as of April 2 this year and maybe as long ago as two months ago now. How is that security? Who screwed the pooch on that one?

And, fourth, I don’t understand why anyone in the news and health community would think people in the US would stay home, if they are sick or if their children or someone in their household is sick. If they don’t go to work – they’ll go shopping. They aren’t going to stay home. Are they kidding?

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Officials unaware of outbreak before trip

Published: April 27, 2009 at 7:52 PM

WASHINGTON, April 27 (UPI) — Mexican officials did not warn U.S. officials about the swine flu breakout before President Barack Obama‘s visit in early April, the White House said.

In addition, the man who escorted Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon on a tour of a museum did not die of swine flu, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said during a news briefing Monday.

[ . . . ]

Mexico is considered the epicenter for the swine flu outbreak, which Mexican health officials blame for at least 149 deaths.

“We did not learn about the swine flu cases in Mexico until late last week,” Gibbs said. White House medical personnel asked Mexican health officials and U.S. embassy staff about any concerns on infectious disease, “and were informed that there were none,” Gibbs said.

[ . . . ]

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/04/27/Officials-unaware-of-outbreak-before-trip/UPI-71511240876352/

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The U.S. government has declared a state of emergency because of the swine flu that has now killed more than 100 people in Mexico.

http://www.upi.com/

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MEXICO CITY, April 27 (UPI) — The death toll in Mexico blamed on the contagious swine-flu virus has reached at least 149, Mexican officials said Monday.

Nearly 2,000 people reportedly have been hospitalized with flu-like symptoms in and around Mexico City, the epicenter of the growing outbreak.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/04/27/Mexico-Swine-flu-death-toll-reaches-149/UPI-10011240847055/

A spokesman for the city government, Marcel Ebrard, said many business would be closed and public events canceled in hopes of containing the virus that is spread through human contact, El Universal reported online.

[etc.]

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Published: April 27, 2009 at 2:58 PM

ATLANTA, April 27 (UPI) — Worldwide, the number of confirmed cases of swine flu was 73 as of Monday, the World Health Organization, based in Geneva, said.

A WHO representative offer the breakdown by country as 40 in the United States, 26 in Mexico, six in Canada and one in Spain, CNN reported.

http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2009/04/27/WHO-confirms-73-swine-flu-cases-worldwide/UPI-77831240812145/

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Hugh Jackman pospone visita a México ante influenza

http://www.sipse.com/home.php

Ninguno de los 10 muertos en Edomex fueron por influenza porcina: Peña Nieto

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Milenio.com. TOLUCA, Edo. de Méx.- El gobernador del Estado de México, Enrique Peña Nieto, informó que las cuatro personas que han fallecido en la entidad fue por influenza humana (tipo B) y de los 94 hospitalizados sólo 10 tienen influenza porcina.

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27 de Abril del 2009 | 17:05

Milenio.com
TOLUCA, Edo. de Méx.- El gobernador del Estado de México, Enrique Peña Nieto, informó que las cuatro personas que han fallecido en la entidad fue por influenza humana –tipo B- y de los 94 hospitalizados sólo 10 tienen influenza porcina.

De acuerdo con el portal de Milenio.com, en conferencia de prensa, el ejecutivo estatal dio a conocer que esta semana llegan a la entidad 15 mil pruebas rápidas que en 15 minutos podrán diagnosticar a las personas que tengan los síntomas para no tener que esperar las 48 horas que tardan las pruebas convencionales.

Esto aunado a que dispondrán de 106 unidades móviles para recorrer los125 municipios, sobre todo la zona conurbada y los lugares sin suficiente infraestructura hospitalaria para que no se abarroten los hospitales y acercar el servicio a la gente.

También dio a conocer que el plazo para tramitar licencias y permisos de conducir se extiende del 27 de abril hasta el 30 de junio para que no se vean obligadas a acudir a estos lugares donde acuden 5 mil solicitantes al día.

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Sospechan España y EU contagio de influenza en Cancún

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Por: Redacción/SIPSE. CANCÚN, Q. Roo.- España y Estados Unidos reportaron este domingo casos de posibles infecciones provenientes de Cancún. En España se trata de dos casos, en tanto que en Estados Unidos serían un centenar de ‘springbreakers’.

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27 de Abril del 2009 | 09:56

Por: Redacción/SIPSE
CANCÚN, Q. Roo.- España y Estados Unidos reportaron este domingo casos de posibles infecciones provenientes de Cancún. En España se trata de dos casos, en tanto que en Estados Unidos serían un centenar de ‘springbreakers’.

En su edición electrónica, el diario español El País indicó que una mujer que acababa de regresar del destino turístico en México, es el octavo caso sospechoso de padecer gripe porcina en España.

En España, la mujer, de 22 años, oriunda de Algeciras, permanece ingresada en el Hospital Punta de Europa “con síntomas de gripe leve y su estado general no reviste gravedad”, señaló en su nota El País.

La Consejería de Salud de la Junta de Andalucía informó que la joven volvió de su viaje el 21 de abril, comenzó a sentir los primeros síntomas y para el 23 de abril acudió a un centro de salud, en Algeciras, donde le diagnosticaron un cuadro leve de gripe.

Horas antes, cita El País, la Consejería de de Sanidad de Aragón informaba de otro paciente sospechoso en Teruel. Se trata de un joven de 22 años que regresó el pasado lunes de México, y fue internado en el Hospital Obispo Polanco de Teruel.

El paciente no presenta fiebre alta ni un cuadro respiratorio severo, dos de los síntomas de la enfermedad, aunque las autoridades sanitarias prefirieron extremar las precauciones y mantenerlo aislado mientras se le practican las pruebas pertinentes.

Estos casos se suman a otros seis registrados en el país ibérico.

Las autoridades españolas señalaron que no están en situación de emergencia. La ministra Trinidad Jiménez indicó que se recopila información de todos los pasajeros procedentes de México y Estados Unidos para tenerlos localizados, por si se llega a presentar alguna situación de posible contagio.

En los aeropuertos españoles que tienen vuelos procedentes de México y Estados Unidos hay médicos especialistas en sanidad exterior para informar y atender a los pasajeros que requieran información. De momento, España no tiene previsto suspender los viajes a estos dos países porque se sigue la recomendación de la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS), que no ha indicado nada al respecto.

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http://www.sipse.com/nota.php?id=34576

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Primer caso positivo en España

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Notimex. MADRID, España.- La ministra de Sanidad de España, Trinidad Jiménez, reportó hoy como positivo uno de los 18 casos que se estudian de influenza en este país, aunque aclaró que la persona que tiene el virus A H1N1 se encuentra fuera de gravedad.

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27 de Abril del 2009 | 08:34

Notimex
MADRID, España.- La ministra de Sanidad de España, Trinidad Jiménez, reportó hoy como positivo uno de los 18 casos que se estudian de influenza en este país, aunque aclaró que la persona que tiene el virus A-H1N1 se encuentra fuera de gravedad.

De acuerdo con la agencia Notimex, en rueda de prensa en la sede del Ministerio, indicó que se trata de un joven de 23 años que regresó el pasado 22 de abril de un viaje de estudios en México, y que desde la víspera se encuentra internado en Almansa, provincia de Albacete, Castilla La Mancha.

(and more)

http://www.sipse.com/nota.php?id=34549

First Confirmed case of swine flu in Spain

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JPost.com » International » Article

US health officials: Seasonal vaccine no help against swine flu


US health officials say they are “very pessimistic” that the seasonal flu vaccine protects against the unique swine flu infecting people in the United States, Mexico and Canada so far.

It’s possible that people who have been exposed to flu viruses every year – especially older people, with a greater exposure history – may have some natural immunity, the CDC official said in a call with reporters.

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1239710795122

International. Jerusalem Post

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Philippine Airports To Screen Incoming U.S. Passengers For Swine Flu

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Windsor Genova – AHN News Writer

Manila, Philippines (AHN) – Americans entering Philippine airports will be checked for symptoms of swine flu, the national health department ordered on Saturday in reaction to the outbreak of the disease in Mexico and the United States.

Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III issued the order to screen U.S. plane passengers for fever, body pain, runny nose, cough, sore throat, and diarrhea to prevent the spread of the H1N1 virus in the country.

“We have a thermal screening system at the airport. This will be used by the Bureau of Quarantine to check passengers coming from the US if they have flu,” National Epidemiology Center director Dr. Eric Tayag told the Manila Bulletin.

http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7014935305

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British passengers screened for swine flu amid fears that disease has spread worldwide

British passengers returning from Mexico are being screened for signs of swine flu amid fears that the disease has spread across the world.

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A British Airways cabin crew member was taken to the hospital after developing flu-like symptoms. -Reuters –>
Sun, Apr 26, 2009
Reuters

UNITED KINGDOM: A British Airways cabin crew member was taken to a London hospital as a precaution after developing flu-like symptoms on a flight from Mexico City, the airline said on Saturday.

[ . . . ]

‘He has flu-like symptoms and is responding well to treatment,’ a hospital spokesman said in a statement.

‘The patient was admitted directly to a side room and the hospital is scrupulously following infection control procedures to ensure there is no risk to any other individual in the hospital.’

[ etc. ]

http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/World/Story/A1Story20090426-137559.html

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Texas raises confirmed swine flu cases to six
28 Apr 2009 00:34:32 GMT

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Source: Reuters

(Adds confirmed Dallas cases) By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO, April 27

(Reuters) – Texas state health authorities on Monday confirmed four more cases of swine flu that is threatening to become a pandemic, bringing the state’s total to six.

To contain the outbreak, Texas officials closed 14 schools near San Antonio and one in Dallas.

In North Texas, Dallas health officials are tracking three more “probable” swine flu infections that could be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in coming days.

In Guadalupe County near San Antonio, all three confirmed cases involve students at Byron Steele High School, the Texas Department of State Health Services said.

The cases in Dallas affect a wider age group — a 24-year-old, a 7-year-old and a 3-month-old, according to Dallas County Health and Human Services officials.

Elsewhere in Texas, local officials said they were tracking four possible cases in Nueces County near Corpus Christi.

In Schertz, Texas, two high school students have recovered and the third is recovering under voluntary isolation at his home, officials said.

In the middle class suburb outside San Antonio where the three confirmed swine flu cases live, residents did not show any alarm.

“It doesn’t make me nervous, it’s only three cases so far,” said Yvette Sosa, whose daughter attends Byron Steele, one of 14 area schools that authorities closed indefinitely as a precaution. “I’m not scared yet.”

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N27167715.htm

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Aid agency news feed

Americas AmeriCares Sends Emergency Relief for Swine Flu Outbreak
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EC Reacts Swiftly to Swine Flu Outbreak in Mexico

Bulgaria in EU | April 27, 2009, Monday

A passenger who has just arrived from Mexico City wears a protective mask at the airport in Frankfurt Main, Germany, 27 April 2009.

pictures – it is affecting how the world is considering this –

The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, made Monday a statement on the EC reaction to the Swine flu outbreak in Mexico.

“The Commission is following the situation concerning the swine influenza very closely, internally together with the Member States, and internationally in cooperation with the World Health Organization,” President Barroso said.

Barosso pointed out that currently the public health emergency situation is limited to the American continent.

Nevertheless the EC is taking swift measures to deal with the issue.

EC Health Commissioner, Androulla Vassiliou, is discussing the issue Monday with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs in the General Affairs Council.

The EC, together with the Czech Presidency plans to convene an emergency meeting of the Health Council as soon as possible.

“We will continue to assess the information we are getting from the experts, evaluate the potential danger and decide together with Member States on the measures to take,” Barroso said.

Health Commissioner Vassiliou issued a statement Monday on the EC’s Reaction to the novel flu virus outbreak in Mexico .

Full text of the statement read here: http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=103142

[From:]

http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=103137

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Google Map of swine flu cases

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CDC Responds to Swine Flu Outbreak Among Humans
Emergency Operations Center activated to augment ongoing investigation
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Video Intentan en Europa frenar epidemia de influenza
Confirman el primer caso en España; Francia en alerta por dos casos; en Nueva Zelanda 10 jóvenes presentan los síntomas

Todo el país sin clases por la influenza

OMS eleva alerta de nivel 3 a 4 en México

Prevén detener toda la actividad en el DF

Influenza Enfermedad enviada desde el Universo

El virus mutó en mujer de Oaxaca

Todo el país sin clases hasta el 6 de mayo por influenza

GDF implementa plan de alerta máxima

[from:]

http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/notas/593983.html

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  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

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http://www.finanznachrichten.de/nachrichten-2009-04/13745450-update-4-u-s-lawmakers-to-examine-swine-flu-response-020.htm

28.04.2009 02:29

UPDATE 4-U.S. lawmakers to examine swine flu response

By Susan Heavey

WASHINGTON, April 27 (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers plan to

take a closer look this week at the federal government’s

response to the swine flu outbreak that has sickened people in

five states and killed dozens in Mexico.

At least three hearings are planned, beginning with a U.S.

Senate hearing on Tuesday on steps to protect public health in

the wake of the discovery of the disease in the United States.

Anthony Fauci, an expert on prevention and treatment of

infectious diseases and director of the National Institute for

Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was among witnesses scheduled

to testify at the ’emergency’ Agriculture Committee hearing.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Richard

Besser, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and

Prevention, were due to discuss ‘coordinating the federal

response’ to swine flu before the Senate Homeland Security on

Wednesday.

The House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Health

Subcommittee slated a hearing for Thursday to discuss the

outbreak ‘and the next steps for a federal response.’ The

hearing aims to ‘ensure that all the agencies responsible for

protecting the public’s health are coordinating appropriately

with all due diligence to avert a potential disaster,’ said

subcommittee chairman Frank Pallone, a Democrat.

The swine flu virus has so far killed 149 people in Mexico,

but has not caused deaths elsewhere despite spreading to the

United States, Canada and parts of Europe, health officials

have said. Cases have been confirmed in California, Kansas,

Ohio, New York and Texas.

PANDEMIC FUNDING DROPPED FROM STIMULUS BILL

Efforts to prepare for a possible pandemic have been under

way for years. Some health experts, however, have been critical

of the federal government’s work long-term to prepare for

possible pandemics.

Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit group that

advocates for emergency preparedness, said officials had made

progress but called on Congress to fully fund a $7.1 billion

flu strategy proposed by President George W. Bush.

The group said $870 million of that sum was included in the

government’s fiscal 2008 budget and in the 2009 economic

stimulus bill but removed in both cases before passage.

‘It certainly wouldn’t have made a difference in terms of

the response to what’s happening today, (but) it will slow down

the level of preparedness that we could have at a later date,’

said Jeff Levi, the group’s executive director.

Democratic Rep. Dave Obey, chairman of the House

Appropriations Committee, said he included $420 million for

pandemic flu preparedness in the stimulus bill but the money

was removed ‘after a number of senators objected.’ Obey said he

would request more funds in an upcoming spending measure.

{Etc.}

http://www.finanznachrichten.de/nachrichten-2009-04/13745450-update-4-u-s-lawmakers-to-examine-swine-flu-response-020.htm

*My note –

– very interesting information here – we look like a bunch of idiots.

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Also – this site has way more information than anybody might ever wish to have known – check it out –

http://www.finanznachrichten.de/

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FACTBOXWHO’s pandemic alert phases

HEALTH EMERGENCYDeaths rise, WHO increases alert level

DRUG SHORTAGES Developing nations could face flu drug shortages
Americas Flu kills 149 in Mexico, world closer to pandemic
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Americas Australia monitoring 19 suspect flu cases
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Swine influenza
27 April 2009 — The Emergency Committee, established in compliance with the International Health Regulations (2005), held its second meeting on 27 April 2009. The Committee considered available data on confirmed outbreaks of A/H1N1 swine influenza in the United States of America, Mexico, and Canada. The Committee also considered reports of possible spread to additional countries. On the advice of the Committee, the WHO Director-General has raised the level of influenza pandemic alert from the current phase 3 to phase 4.
Read the Director-General’s statement
Current WHO phase of pandemic alert

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