Human case of avian flu reported in Vietnam

first_imgDec 30, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – A 16-year-old girl in southern Vietnam is seriously ill with H5N1 avian influenza, according to reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) and news services today.The WHO said it had received informal reports of a laboratory-confirmed case of H5N1 avian flu in the girl, who is from Tay Ninh province. Hers is the 28th human case in Vietnam this year, the agency said. Twenty of those cases have been fatal. Another 17 cases, 12 of them fatal, have occurred in Thailand.Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that the girl was in critical condition with respiratory failure at the Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City. An unnamed doctor was quoted as saying the girl might have contracted the virus when she killed a chicken and prepared it for cooking. He said there was no evidence of infection in other members of the girl’s family.Tran Tinh Hien, deputy director of the hospital, said the girl was on a respirator but in stable condition, according to a Reuters report. The WHO said the patient was hospitalized Dec 26.Vietnam has reported poultry outbreaks of avian flu in six southern provinces in the past month, but Tay Ninh was not listed as one of them.”As avian influenza viruses become more active at cooler temperatures, further poultry outbreaks, possibly accompanied by sporadic human cases, can be anticipated,” the WHO said. “Poultry marketing, transportation, and consumption increase in Viet Nam with the approach of the lunar New Year in early February. These activities create conditions favouring the spread of poultry outbreaks and call for heightened control measures.”The WHO said today’s report marks the first human case of avian flu in Vietnam since early September.All but one of the human cases this year are believed to have resulted from exposure to sick poultry rather than from person-to-person transmission. The WHO and many disease experts fear that the H5N1 virus could trigger a human flu pandemic if it evolved into a form that could readily spread from person to person.See also:Dec 30 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2004_12_30/en/last_img read more

HHS issues guide for using call centers in emergencies

first_imgNov 8, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released a guide to help communities retool their health-related call centers into systems for meeting the needs of the public in homes or shelters during emergencies such as a pandemic or bioterrorist attack.Published by the HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the 224-page guide is aimed at boosting the capabilities of poison-control centers, nurse advice lines, drug information centers, and health agency hotlines. It focuses on four main scenarios: anthrax attacks, pandemic influenza, plague, and food contamination.”Community call centers have long been a credible source that people can turn to for health information,” said AHRQ Director Carolyn M. Clancy, MD, in an Oct 26 press release from the agency. “Leveraging these existing resources will allow clinics, outpatient departments, and emergency departments to devote their attention to caring for those in most need of help.”The report was developed for the AHRQ by Denver Health, a member of the agency’s Accelerating Change and Transformation in Organizations and Networks (ACTION) project, the press release said. A national advisory panel of experts in emergency call center services, public health, preparedness planning, and other fields helped draft the guidance.Few resources exist to guide the development of emergency call centers, the report says. However, the authors were able to draw from published reports on the experiences of officials in Toronto and Taiwan during the SARS epidemic.Guidance in the report assumes that the community infrastructure would remain intact so that call centers would be operable. Though the document doesn’t address absenteeism among call-center workers, it covers features, such as interactive response systems, that might reduce the number of employees needed to staff the centers.For communities that have little healthcare call-center capacity, the authors offer suggestions on how to enlist the help of local corporate call-center systems.The report focuses on six response capabilities:Health information to augment risk communications and alleviate the burden on the healthcare system; call centers could direct callers toward medication- or vaccine-dispensing locations and answer frequently asked questionsDisease or injury surveillance to help health officials identify emerging health threatsTriage or decision support to reduce unnecessary hospital visits and reduce costsQuarantine and isolation support to those self-treating or receiving medical care in their homesOutpatient drug information and adverse-event reportingMental health assistance and referralAuthors of the report also developed a tool set to enable public health officials to assess the call-center demand they would face during a public health crisis and what resources they would need to meet it. The set includes checklists and Microsoft Excel worksheets.See also:Oct 26 AHRQ press releasehttp://archive.ahrq.gov/news/press/pr2007/callctrpr.htmAHRQ report on adapting call centers for crisis supporthttp://archive.ahrq.gov/prep/callcenters/last_img read more

Indonesia claims wide support for virus-sharing stance

first_imgMay 27, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s health minister asserted yesterday that 112 other nations at a meeting in Geneva last week expressed support for her country’s position on avian influenza virus sharing, according to an Indonesian newspaper.At a press conference in Jakarta yesterday, Siti Fadilah Supari said support for Indonesia’s sample-sharing proposals came on May 21 at a Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) health ministers meeting, which was held alongside the World Health Organization’s (WHO) annual meeting in Geneva, the Jakarta Post reported today. The NAM, founded in 1955, is an organization of countries that consider themselves not aligned with or against any superpower. Supari said representatives of 112 countries at the NAM health ministers meeting supported Indonesia’s demands.”We received moral and political support from health ministers from England, Russia, Iran, and Australia,” Supari said, according to the Post report. The NAM Web site does not list England or Australia among its 118 member countries.In early 2007, Indonesia announced it had stopped sharing H5N1 influenza virus samples with the WHO out of concern that developing countries that share such samples will not have access to vaccines that drug companies in rich countries may produce from the samples. The country has shared only a few samples since then. It has pushed for new virus-sharing policies that it considers more transparent and fair to it and other developing nations.Supari continues talks with USDuring the WHO’s annual World Health Assembly, Supari urged world health officials to replace the WHO’s virus-sharing system, saying it favors developed nations, the Post reported. Also during the meeting, she met with US Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt to discuss possible solutions to the virus-sharing impasse, in a continuation of talks that had begun in April.Leavitt mentioned the latest talks at a May 19 press conference in Geneva. “Actually, not a great deal changed as a result of our meeting today,” he told reporters, according to a transcript published on the US State Department Web site.He emphasized that the United States wants to help forge needed improvements in the sample-sharing system. “What we aren’t willing, of course, to do is engage in any system that would involve compensation for virus samples,” he said. “This is a 60-year-old tradition. That’s one of the greatest public health successes in history.”A progress report on multilateral efforts to settle the sample-sharing issue, including ideas raised at the World Health Assembly, is expected in July, Leavitt said. A WHO working group dedicated to solving the problem, which has met several times, will meet again in November. “And we’re hopeful that by November of this year we’ll have a protocol under which that [virus sharing] can be done,” Leavitt said.In a recent book, Supari accused the United States of planning to make a biological weapon out of the H5N1 virus and charged that the United States and the WHO have conspired to profit from H5N1 vaccines.Genetic data to be shared Indonesia recently announced it would begin sharing H5N1 viral sequences with a new public database, the Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data (GISAID), which was formed by a group of 70 scientists and health officials to promote greater sharing of H5N1 sequences.GISAID has said the public can freely access the database, which includes both human and animal H5N1 sequences, after they register and agree to share and credit the use of others’ data, analyze findings jointly, publish results collaboratively, and refrain from pressing intellectual property rights issues that relate to diagnostic, drug, and vaccine developments.Experts have praised the new development, but some have said that having actual H5N1 isolates is more useful because they are needed to make seed strains for vaccines and are critical for determining antigenicity, transmissibility, and pathogenicity.See also:Apr 17 CIDRAP News story “HHS secretary blogs on impasse with Indonesia”May 19 CIDRAP News story “Experts welcome Indonesia’s vow to share H5N1 data”last_img read more

Indonesia quits offering prompt notice of H5N1 cases

first_imgJun 5, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s health minister said today the government has stopped the practice of promptly notifying global health officials each time it confirms a human H5N1 avian influenza case or death, a move some say will likely hamper efforts to monitor the world’s pandemic risk level.Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari today confirmed that a 15-year-old girl from Jakarta tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza on May 13 and died the next day, according to a report from the Associated Press (AP). Indonesia’s National Committee for Avian Influenza Control and Pandemic Influenza had previously listed the case as confirmed on its Web site, but the information is apparently no longer listed.The WHO, which typically confirms cases when it receives notifications from health ministries or test results from its collaborating laboratories, has not yet confirmed Indonesia’s most recent case and has not commented on Supari’s decision to stop sending out H5N1 case notifications. The WHO’s last confirmed an Indonesian H5N1 case, in a 3-year old boy who died on Apr 23, on Apr 30.Supari told the AP that the health ministry would not send out H5N1 case confirmations until after they have been reported in the media. However, Reuters reported today that the ministry will announce the death toll from the H5N1 virus only every 6 months.”How does it help us to announce these deaths?” Supari told the AP. “We want to focus now on positive steps and achievements made by the government in fighting bird flu.”She told Reuters that announcements of H5N1 deaths are sometimes misunderstood. “It’s OK not to announce it. Sometimes they only give hurtful comments instead of helping,” she said without further explanation.Indonesia has been hit hardest of any country by the H5N1 virus. According to the WHO’s most recent count, the country has had 133 cases and 108 deaths.The country’s refusal to share timely reports of human H5N1 cases is the latest in a series of controversies that began when Indonesia stopped sharing its H5N1 isolates in early 2007 to protest what it views as a lack of access to affordable H5N1 therapies and vaccines. The WHO has held several meetings to resolve the virus sharing issues, but so far no agreements have been reached.Sharon Sanders, editor-in-chief of FluTrackers, a well-known Web message board that focuses on avian flu developments, told CIDRAP News that Indonesia’s decision to delay H5N1 notifications will obscure what is happening there, which negatively affects the world’s ability to prepare for a pandemic.She said Indonesia’s news blackout would likely have the opposite effect from what the government apparently intends. “Now, there will be intense speculation and generation of rumors surrounding suspicious deaths that have similar symptoms to H5N1 infections,” Sanders said. “False rumors of an H5N1 outbreak have the potential to be even more economically devastating than a government-confirmed outbreak.”Established in early 2006, FluTrackers monitors avian flu developments in several languages from several sources and hosts international discussion forums and resource lists.Sanders said media reports coming out of Indonesia are generally reliable, but have some drawbacks. “In many instances, reported suspicious human cases have little or no follow up, so we are left with gaps in our total picture,” she said.Indonesia’s avian flu news blackout might increase traffic to online avian flu communities, such as FluTrackers and FluWiki, because they translate and analyze Indonesian newspaper reports, blogs, newscasts, and other sources, Sanders said.”FluTrackers will continue to publish what we can; however, we rely on the local sources in Indonesia,” she said. “Since the national government is imposing restrictions on when they confirm human deaths, we are watching for other restrictions such as suppression of the local news media to develop.”last_img read more

Croatia gets its first Run Friendly hotel

first_imgLifeClass Terme Sveti Martin is the first Run friendly hotel in Croatia, but also in Europe.The initiative to raise the quality of service for millions of runners around the world came from Berislav Sokač and his team from the Run Croatia project. The goal of the project is to organize races of a high standard, but also to sell experiences, ie to promote the Croatian tourist offer – apart from the sun and the sea.As over 50 million people regularly run in the EU, and their annual consumption is estimated at 9.6 billion euros, it is quite logical to focus on runners, especially in the pre- and post-season. This initiative was first recognized by those who know very well that today’s tourist should be offered much more than what was offered in previous years – those from northern Croatia, who are already the main generator of continental tourism in Croatia – LifeClass Terme Sveti Martin.”The introduction of the Run friendly concept in our business is a continuation of our desire to brand the resort in the direction of a Healthness resort that encourages a healthier lifestyle in its guests through physical activities, local food and mind cultivation. After being the first in Croatia to earn the Bike hotel certificate, we are extremely glad to be the first hotel in the world with a Run friendly certificate, providing passionate runners, but also beginners, all Run firendly services throughout the year. We are looking forward to every kilometer that is run in Međimurje.”Pointed out the General Manager of Terme, Branimir Blajić, who is also a passionate athlete and the initiator of many sporting events in the area. Among the sales packages, you will also find the RUN package, which in this Healthness resort is completely adapted to all the needs of runners. Includes high quality t-shirt, running map, various running tours – from beginner to advanced program, healthy offer of drinks and food in the mini bar, energy bars, late checkout, a special massage program and no less important, the perfection of untouched nature, ideal for an active stay outdoors.” The goal of the project is to provide a platform for runners as an added value to hotels through labeling, and our vision is for Croatia to be the first country in the world to have a platform for a run friendly package ” Berislav Sokač from Run Croatia points out and adds that they have made a book of standards and know-how for the certification of hotels as Run Friendly and that we have the opportunity to set a new standard on the tourist map of the world.But the Run Croatia concept is a much broader story, which includes the whole Run Friendly Eco System with various partners, from clinics, restaurants, banks, etc.… Read the wider story of the entire Run Friendly concept below in the attachment.Related news: BERISLAV SOKAČ, RUN CROATIA: I want to bring a part of 50 million runners in Europe to Croatialast_img read more

8th Tourist Forum of Continental Croatia “Cultural tourism and perspectives for the development of religious tourism in Croatia”

first_imgThe Vukovar-Srijem County Tourist Board, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce – Vukovar County Chamber and the LUX Promotion Agency are jointly organizing the 8th Continental Croatia Tourist Forum, which will be held on October 3 and 4 at the Pastoral Center in Vukovar.This year’s theme of the Tourist Forum is “Cultural tourism and perspectives for the development of religious tourism in Croatia.” The aim of the Tourist Forum is to present the real possibilities of the development of religious tourism in Croatia as well as to open an expert discussion on the topic of whether religious tourism is part of cultural tourism or a separate selective form of tourism.The presentations will be given on the first day by numerous lecturers (preliminary program can be found in the accompanying documents), and a panel discussion on the topic will be held on the second day Cultural tourism vs. religious. The organizers will certainly take the opportunity to present to all participants in the program the key religious and cultural tourist attractions of the easternmost Croatian county, holders of the label EDEN destination in cultural tourism.Look for the application form and the Forum program HERElast_img read more

The new Collective Agreement for Workers of Jadran dd brings better working conditions

first_imgA new Collective Agreement of Jadran dd Crikvenica and an Agreement to the Collective Agreement were signed, by which the employer undertook to pay all employees in the operations department the salary for the months of June, July and August in the amount of HRK 1,000.00 as a non-taxable receipt. “All employees who have concluded an employment contract with the employer on the basis of this KU, or whose salary is determined in accordance with the Tariff Annex, for the month of June, July and August 2019 to pay a stimulating part of the salary in the amount of 6 percent”Point out from Jadran dd Crikvenica. The entry of new owners with fresh capital into the ownership structure created preconditions for more intensive investments in the improvement of accommodation capacities, and the expansion of business on the Makarska Riviera brought a significant increase in accommodation capacities, says the President of Jadran dd Goran Fabris. “We currently manage nine hotels of different categories in the area of ​​Crikvenica and Makarska with more than 1.600 accommodation units, and three camps with 1.130 pitches available to tourists. Last year was a time of clearing the debts of the past, and this year I expect an increase in income by about 30 percent with a significant increase in the profitability rate. ” concludes Fabrice. Total operating revenues in 2018 amounted to 91.521.423 kuna and are 9 percent higher than operating revenues generated the year before. The highest growth in operating revenues, as much as 16 percent more than in 2017, was recorded in hotels on the Crikvenica-Vinodol Riviera. But that is only part of the news and the improvement of working conditions for Adriatic workers. The new Collective Agreement increases the basic number of days for workers to calculate annual leave from 18 to 22 days, increases the number of days of paid leave for certain categories (for the birth of a child from 3 to 5 days, for blood donation from 1 to 2, in one year the worker can use a maximum of 10 days, and so far he could 6 days of paid leave), the incentive part of the salary was increased from 30% to 50%, solidarity assistance for the birth of a child was introduced in the amount of non-taxable amount, for transportation costs and on routes shorter than 2 km, and it was agreed that in the case of double work with breaks longer than 6 hours, the employee is entitled to payment in the amount of an individual ticket for each time of arrival at work. According to the business plan, in the next three years they plan capital investments in Jadran dd in the amount of 117 million euros, which will increase the categorization of accommodation capacities to the level of 3 to 5 stars. In 2018, there are two key events for the company. First, the takeover of the majority stake in Jadran dd by two mandatory pension insurance funds – PBZ Croatia osiguranje and Erste plavi in ​​the first half of the year, and the takeover of Club Adriatic doo by Jadran dd in the second half of last year. The Tariff Annex has also been amended and the coefficients in operations have been increased. A larger number of jobs has been introduced (for example, we have had one job in the restaurant department so far: waiter, waiter and head of the hall, with the new tariff annex we have the following jobs in that department: waiter II, waiter I, bartender II, bartender I , waiter III, waiter II, waiter I and head of the hall) and thus enabled the workers to advance, which according to the tariff annex established so far was not possible, points out the Trade Union Commissioner of STUH in Jadran dd Crikvenica, Ivan Blažević. Increased revenues, announced new investments last_img read more

In July, Split Airport achieved the highest passenger traffic

first_imgThe most significant international passenger traffic was realized with German airports, 342 thousand passengers, which is an increase of 8,7% compared to the same period last year. The total number of aircraft landings and take-offs at airports in July 2019 was 19, which is an increase of 739% compared to July 2018. The largest passenger traffic was realized by Split Airport with 720 thousand passengers (an increase of 4,0% compared to July 2018), followed by Dubrovnik Airport with 511 thousand passengers (an increase of 8,6% compared to July 2018) and Zagreb Airport with 364 thousand passengers (a decrease of 3,8% compared to July 2018). Source: CBS In July 2019, Croatian airports recorded 1 passengers or 975% more than in the same month last year, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). last_img read more

HUT launched the Corona Region Tracker website

first_imgInterestingly, precisely with the diplomacy of our Government, Slovenia started to epidemiologically map and look at each Croatian county individually, which was great news for our tourism. Because if it were the opposite due to the epidemiological situation, the whole of Croatia would already be on the red list. And that should be publicly praised. While we play “ping pong” for days on whether we sent all the information to the Netherlands or not, instead of picking up the phone and resolving the situation, tourists cancel reservations. Instead of reacting strongly, filing a lawsuit, asking for denials, etc.… according to the German television RTL, which published last year’s old footage from Zrće, introducing how in Novalja during covid19 allegedly scandalous partying, we are silent, and who knows how many tourists cancel reservations. One should not be too clever that any negative news in this situation, the same day blocks new bookings. On the map, Croatia is divided into four regions: North Coast (Istria and Kvarner); South coast (Dalmatia); Central Croatia (Zagreb and surroundings) and Eastern Croatia. The Croatian Tourism Association has launched a website www.croatiacovid19.info with the aim of timely and accurate informing the public about the number of COVID-19 cases in Croatian regions. Well done to HUT, but it is a pity that the system itself did not react much earlier, especially to the wave of diplomatic success in the context of Slovenia. Communication and proactivity are always, let alone in crisis situations, extremely important, in fact, as we see in the example of the Netherlands, and crucial. But unfortunately again the whole system is slow and sluggish and we are late with reactions and communicate poorly. The profession has been talking about epidemiological mapping of regions for weeks, and in this crisis situation and “media and political war” we have to and had to react much faster and more efficiently for every guest. What the state should have done was done by HUT – epidemiologically mapping and looking at each Croatian county individually. See the page HEREcenter_img As Nedo Pinezić recently pointed out: “Croatia is a “thorn in the side” due to its high attractiveness and age of accessibility to individual guests. Hence the organized “media chases” towards our country. We are in a position to defend ourselves, but we are doing it quite clumsily. ” We are simply lost in this crisis situation, and we have to admit it to ourselves, so that we can react better tomorrow. Unfortunately, if the public system, primarily MINT and CNTB in cooperation with HZJZ, epidemiologically mapped and set up the same platform for each county, especially because of tourism on which 20% of GDP depends, we would have a much more positive image of Croatia as a safe tourist destination. destinations. And the situation we now have with the Netherlands would certainly be avoided. Yes, some play dirty and hit below the belt. As it has been known since the beginning of the crisis, every state will want to keep its citizens within its borders, in order to start the economy and keep consumption within its states. But we must react quickly and efficiently to all fires, because as we know, it is too late to put out a fire when the whole house catches fire. “We hope that this corona region tracker will help in planning a vacation for all guests coming to Croatia”Point out from HUT. This has nothing to do with politics, but the market, and here we unfortunately fall because of the poor political selection of people who make decisions and the sluggish system. This whole crisis has shown how the public system has failed at all tourism levels with late reactions and poor communication, honoring positive examples. I hope that we will learn something from that, and that we will start to deal more with market development, because this is how everyone loses. The main story is that the private sector could no longer wait, in this case HUT, and reacted and I made a platform, which was to be made by the state.last_img read more