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Norwegians tested for swine flu. One man from Sandnes undergoing examination. Councils say they are ready. Today, the World Health Organisation raised the level of influenza pandemic alert from the current phase 3 to phase 4. Meanwhile Bjørn-Inge Larsen, the head of the Norwegian Directorate of Health (Helsedirektoratet), said that preventing an outbreak of swine flu was no longer possible, at a press-conference that was held yesterday. What worries them is that many of the 150 or so that have died in Mexico so far, are young people between the ages of 20 and 40. Nobody knows why for now.Undergoing tests Between eight and ten Norwegians who have shown signs of flu-like symptoms after having travelled to Mexico and South America are currently being tested for the presence of the H1N1 virus. According to the Norwegian Telegram Bureau (NTB), some of them have been cleared, whilst others are still undergoing tests.On Tamiflu

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Norwegians tested for swine flu

Published on Tuesday, 28th April, 2009 at 23:44 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 10th May 2009 at 23:36.

One man from Sandnes undergoing examination. Councils say they are ready.

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Unavoidable

Today, the World Health Organisation raised the level of influenza pandemic alert from the current phase 3 to phase 4. Meanwhile Bjørn-Inge Larsen, the head of the Norwegian Directorate of Health (Helsedirektoratet), said that preventing an outbreak of swine flu was no longer possible, at a press-conference that was held yesterday. What worries them is that many of the 150 or so that have died in Mexico so far, are young people between the ages of 20 and 40. Nobody knows why for now.

Undergoing tests

Between eight and ten Norwegians who have shown signs of flu-like symptoms after having travelled to Mexico and South America are currently being tested for the presence of the H1N1 virus. According to the Norwegian Telegram Bureau (NTB), some of them have been cleared, whilst others are still undergoing tests.

On Tamiflu

One man from Sandnes is still undergoing analysis.

“He is being examined at the moment to see if he is infected with swine flu. He has been put on Tamiflu and been told to stay at home” Hans Petter Torvik, Sandnes council’s chief physician told Stavanger Aftenblad.

And although there have not been any confirmed cases in Norway as yet, according to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Folkehelseinstituttet), Dagbladet reports that people have started hoarding supplies of Tamiflu.

“We wish to avoid that people begin stocking up on it. It’s very important that this medicine is available for people who become ill” says Larsen.

In addition he warns that if people take it as a preventative measure, they risk developing a resistance to the drug.

Additional orders

Norway has a supply of the antiviral drug to treat 1.4 million at present. On Sunday, the Directorate placed an order for further 100,000 that are suitable for children, and 200,000 courses of antibiotics to treat bacterial pneumonia, something which often makes things more serious for those infected with swine flu.

On guard

On a local level, Stavanger council say that they are now going over their existing procedures for pandemic infections.

“We are coordinating with both the health authorities in neighbouring councils and Stavanger University Hospital. The trouble is that nobody knows the extent of swine flu at the moment”, Torstein Nielsen, Stavanger council’s alert unit tells The Foreigner.

But for those who may be worried, he assures them that there is no pandemic, and that they are staying abreast of any developments.

“There have been no serious complications with those who have exhibited flu-like symptoms”, he continues.

“What will the council do if there are any cases of swine flu?”

“Our main focus will be on ensuring that they obtain the best possible treatment. If things do become serious, we shall invoke other measures that include isolation, and limiting events that attract high concentrations of people, such as the cinema or theatre.”

Should you feel at all ill after a visit to Mexico, Nielsen, in keeping with the advice from the Institute of Public Health, advises that you contact your doctor as soon as possible.




Published on Tuesday, 28th April, 2009 at 23:44 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 10th May 2009 at 23:36.

This post has the following tags: swine, flu, contagious, treatment, tamiflu, symptoms, vaccine, norway.





  
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