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Swine flu worldwide update

The H1N1 swine flu virus has now spread to 66 different countries throughout the globe, with at least 19,273 confirmed cases and 117 deaths having been reported according to the latest World Health Organisation (WHO) tally. A majority of the cases were reported by the United States, which now has at least 10,053 confirmed infections from the disease.

Spread of the swine flu worldwide

Spread of the swine flu worldwide

Egypt, Bulgaria, and Nicaragua each reported their first case, while Lebanon reported three.

The WHO’s pandemic alert level is at the fifth level, on a scale of one to six. In order for a transition for the highest level to be made, the organisation must confirm a significant spread of swine flu in at least two continents.

The WHO has recently been under pressure to include the severity of a disease spread to its criteria, not just the geographical spread of a virus. Read More…

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Lindane production and use banned worldwide

Participating countries of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants add nine more chemicals, including lindane, to its globally banned list.Stockholm_Convention_Secretariat

Lindane is an organochlorine chemical that has been used both as an agricultural insecticide and as a pharmaceutical treatment for head lice and scabies.

Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants is an international environmental treatyof the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) that aims to eliminate or restrict the production and use of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) which it defined as “chemical substances that persist in the environment, bio-accumulate through the food web, and pose a risk of causing adverse effects to human health and the environment”.

The Hindu article Pesticide levels in soft drinks too high.

The Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) article Pesticides in Indian Soft Drinks.

Swine flu cases worldwide top 1,000

The United NationsWorld Health Organization reported on Monday that the total number of confirmed cases of the H1N1 swine flu virus worldwide has surpassed one thousand.

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Flu Tracker

The chief of the WHO, Margaret Chan, told the UN General Assembly in New York that 1,003 confirmed infections have been reported throughout the world since the outbreak began.

Chan said that there was “no indication that we are facing a situation similar to that in 1918,” when an outbreak of the flu killed fifty million people. She did, however, warn that if the virus were to start in a second wave, it “would be the biggest of all outbreaks the world has faced in the 21st century.” Read More…

Swine flu Update

Media reports suggest that the deadly H1N1 swine flu virus, which has killed sixteen people and infected hundreds worldwide, is continuing to spread.

According to the United NationsWorld Health Organisation, there are a total of 331 confirmed cases of swine flu throughout the world, with hundreds more suspected cases.

The WHO raised its pandemic alert level to its fifth level on Friday, on a scale of one to six, and has said that it is possible that a transition to the highest level will be made. Read More…

May Day riots fuelled by economic crisis

Organized labor advocates worldwide held Friday demonstrations commemorating International Workers’ Day, May 1st.

Increased unemployment and financial hardship consequent to the ongoing global financial crisis led to larger demonstrations than in 2008, but violent incidents in some world cities marred the day of celebration.

In Germany, 57 were arrested as young protestors threw bottles and set fire to cars in the capital, Berlin. Scattered violence also took place in Hamburg. 48 police and an unknown number of demonstrators are said to have been injured throughout the country, which is facing its deepest financial slump since the end of the Second World War. Read More…

Swine flu outbreaks appear globally

New cases of the deadly swine flu virus have been reported around the world in recent days, prompting fear of a global influenza pandemic. As a result, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised the pandemic alert level to 5. The United Nations has warned that the disease can not be contained. At least 91 confirmed cases of the flu have been reported worldwide.

In a special report, Wikinews takes a look at the reaction to the outbreak, and how different countries around the world have been affected by it. Read More…

Swine flu reported in more countries

New cases of the deadly swine flu virus have been reported around the world in recent days, sparking fear of a global pandemic. The United Nations has warned that the disease can not be contained. Over ninety cases of the flu have been reported throughout the world.

The outbreak, which started in Mexico, has now spread across the globe, with confirmed cases having been reported in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, New Zealand and Israel. Mexican health officials have raised the death toll from the virus to 152, with at least 1,614 suspected cases being under observation. However, no other country has yet reported any fatalities from the disease. Read More…