Thursday, 7 May 2009

H1N1 flu may survive freezing

Isn't it obvious, WHO?

For Canadian pork merchants: are you sure your pigs are 100% safe?

Many pigs don't show any symptom at all, but still very dangerous to

Canada News
H1N1 FLU: The latest developments

Staff Writer

7/05/2009 1:00 AM | Comments: 0

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Confirmed death toll: 42 in Mexico and two in U.S., including a
Mexican toddler who died in Texas.

Confirmed cases in Canada: 201 (53 in Nova Scotia, 49 in Ontario, 54
in British Columbia, 30 in Alberta, 10 in Quebec, two in Prince Edward
Island, two in New Brunswick and one in Manitoba).

Confirmed cases elsewhere: More than 1,750 worldwide in 23 countries,
including more than 800 in Mexico and more than 600 in U.S. Sweden
reported its first case Wednesday.

WHO alert level: Phase 5 -- Human-to-human spread of the virus into at
least two countries in one WHO region, a strong signal that a pandemic
is imminent and that the time to finalize the organization,
communication, and implementation of the planned mitigation measures
is short.

Canadian scientists confirm the strain infecting people in Canada is
the same as that in Mexico.

World Health Organization says the swine flu virus may be able to
survive freezing in the meat and blood of infected pigs; Canadian
officials insisted sick animals are never slaughtered in accordance
with food safety procedures and that pork remains safe to eat.

U.S. health officials say that while there are elements of the virus
they still don't understand, they are in a good position to quickly
produce a vaccine if the flu takes a turn for the worse.

Mexico allows most businesses to reopen Wednesday, with universities
to reopen today. Mexico City cafés, museums and libraries to reopen
this week; schools nationwide to reopen next week.

Haiti turns away a Mexican ship carrying food aid because of swine flu
fears. Mexican ambassador says Haitian officials asked last week that
the ship come "on another occasion."

Dozens of Mexican nationals quarantined in China despite having no
swine flu symptoms arrive in Mexico City on a government-chartered
jet. Some complain the Chinese discriminated against them. China
denies singling out Mexicans.

-- The Canadian Press

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