Swine flu: ‘don’t over-react’

first_img19 August 2009South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has discouraged the overuse of testing and the use of the drug Tamiflu by people with symptoms of H1N1 influenza, known as swine flu.NICD deputy director Dr Lucille Bloomberg says most confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza are mild cases that do not call for laboratory testing or the intake of Tamiflu. This is only called for, she said, in severe cases, as well as among people in the high-risk group.“This pandemic is regarded as moderate, not severe, and not everyone with H1N1 influenza needs the laboratory tests,” Bloomberg told BuaNews this week. “We can diagnose people without testing and treat them accordingly.”“The majority of people have mild cases of H1N1 and don’t need any treatment but a rest at home. Don’t do any exercise, and take sufficient amount of fluids,” Bloomberg said, warning that excessive use of Tamiflu could encourage resistance.People with mild cases could expect to recover after about seven days, she added.Swine flu hotlineSouth Africa has set up a hotline, as well as a dedicated e-mail address, for public queries about H1N1 influenza, or swine flu. The hotline number is 0861 364 232 (or 0861 DOH CDC)  The e-mail address is: [email protected] The hotline is operated by trained personnel on communicable diseases, supported by experts from the Department of Health.As of 19 August 2009, South Africa had over 3 400 confirmed cases of swine flu, while the number of deaths in the country related to the pandemic stood at six.What is swine flu?According to the Department of Health, swine flu is an airborne disease that spreads in the same way as seasonal flu, through coughing and sneezing. It cannot be caught by eating pork.Transmission can be avoided by coughing or sneezing into a tissue or hanky; by washing one’s hands regularly; and by avoiding crowded areas, especially if people have symptoms of the flu.It is treatable with antiviral medication, which is available in South Africa but may only be used under a medical doctor’s direction.Symptoms can be divided into “mild”, “moderate” and “severe”. Mild symptoms include a runny or blocked nose, fever, muscular aches and pains, a general feeling of unwellness and coughing.Moderate symptoms include mild symptoms as well as shortness of breath, chest pain, persistent vomiting and diarrhoea and signs of dehydration.Severe symptoms include mild and moderate symptoms as well as signs of respiratory distress, blue lips and other parts of the body, and severe drowsiness and loss of consciousness.People who are suffering from the symptoms should see their doctor.“The overwhelming majority of people have mild symptoms and will not need any specialised medical care, and we believe nothing should happen to them,” Health Minister Motsoaledi said last week. “Such symptoms should be treated as with other influenza-like symptoms.”However, people with chronic heart or lung disease, pregnant women, or people living with HIV/Aids, should seek medical care immediately if they develop even mild symptoms.Anyone with moderate or severe symptoms should also seek medical attention immediately.Risk factorsThe World Health Organisation (WHO) says illnesses such as existing cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, diabetes and cancer are considered risk factors for swine flu.“Asthma and other forms of respiratory disease have been consistently reported as underlying conditions associated with an augmented risk of severe pandemic disease in several countries,” the WHO said in a recent statement.According to the WHO, recent reports suggest obesity may be another risk factor for severe H1N1 infection. Pregnant women also seem to be at higher risk of contracting the disease.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Wives from PoK hold protest in Srinagar

first_imgSeveral wives of Kashmiris from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) on Friday held a protest along with their children in Srinagar to put pressure on the Centre and the State government to issue them travel documents to cross the Line of Control (LoC) and visit their families. Wearing veils and carrying kids in their arms, the women, who married Kashmiri men when they went to PoK for arms training in the 1990s, appealed to the governments of Pakistan and India to devise a mechanism “to allow them free movement across the LoC”. “Many women (from PoK) are suffering from depression. We are neither given citizenship nor being deported back. Our grievances should be addressed by the goverment,” said one such woman during a press conference in Srinagar. She claimed that around 350 women and children used the Nepal route to come to Kashmir along with their husbands to avail of the rehabilitation policy of the Omar Abdullah government in 2010.“However, ever since we came to this place, we are denied basic rights. We should be allowed to meet our families in Pakistan,” said another PoK wife on the condition of anonymity.An official said over 150 women from PoK have settled in Kashmir along with their ex-militant husbands. Three of them reportedly committed suicide. The first suicide case, of Saira Begam (35), wife of Abdul Majid Lone, was reported on April 10, 2014 from Bandipora’s Naidkhai village, around 40 km away from Srinagar.According to a government report, around 212 men returned from PoK through Nepal and other routes between 2010-12, 90 men brought their families along.According to a J&K High Court judgment in 1971, in the Mohsin Shah case, no deportation exercise can take place for such couples because “one person had merely travelled from one part of India to another”.last_img read more

Farmers’ organisation demands higher procurement price

first_imgOn its second day of national general council meet in Odisha’s Berhampur on Wednesday, the All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha demanded the government to ensure that the procurement price of all agricultural produce is one and a half times the total production cost. Leaders of the organisation alleged that the present fixation of procurement price by the government is too arbitrary and lacks proper logic. Added to it several agricultural products still do not have any government prescribed procurement price. “The AIKMS feels while assessing total agricultural production cost, the valuation of family labour, land rent has to be included apart from normal costs related to seeds, fertilizer, pesticides, power consumption, irrigation cess among others,” said the organisation’s national secretary Bhalachandra Shadangi. In a State like Odisha, where most peasants are sharecroppers, land rent is never taken into account while assessing the production cost, he claimed. “Added to it, cost of labour contributed by family members of a peasant is not taken into account, which demeans the importance and efforts of this workforce. So, we demand these two factors to be included while assessing the total production cost of agricultural produce,” said Mr. Shadangi. According to AIKMS leaders, the government should also make all efforts to reduce input cost of agricultural produce so that it ultimately leads to reduction of its price in the market. At present, reduction of price in market only means loss for the poor farmers as input cost is high and on the rise, they alleged.last_img read more

Suspect caught on camera breaking into cars of San Diegos military families

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter November 20, 2018 Posted: November 20, 2018 , Updated: 8:10 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsTIERRASANTA (KUSI) – After a rash of car break-ins Friday morning, military families in one San Diego neighborhood are fed up. They’re sharing video from the surveillance cameras posted in their neighborhood hoping the community can help them catch the thief.Courtney Jones and her Navy family lives in one of the Lincoln Military Housing communities in Tierrasanta — a quiet, peaceful neighborhood.“I ran out to the car and I’m like, ‘Ok I’ll be back’ and stuff was just thrown all over the car,” said Courtney Jones, Navy Wife.She said it looked like chaos when she opened the car door. The bad guy didn’t just rummage through her car. Her backpack, wallet, even toys belonging to her 7-month-old were all gone.She said she wasn’t the only one targeted early Friday morning. Cameras within the community captured a man hitting up car after car.In one of the videos, there’s a man that walked up to one of the cars in a driveway and tested the door to try and get inside. When that didn’t work, he was on to the next car. He successfully opened it and started rummaging through the front.In a separate video, the thief attempted opening one door. When that didn’t work, he walked across the street to try the other cars.“You can see him pull the handle. If he gets lucky, he goes in,” said Jones. “He rummages through whatever he can reach only in the front, shuts the door very quietly and then goes to the next car. If he strikes out with that one, he crosses driveways and you can see the spotlight come on. There’s no hesitation.”Jones said he was wearing her backpack, the one that was stolen, in one of the surveillance videos, filling it up with what he collected in the neighborhood.For Jones, it wasn’t the missing gift cards or the wallet that left her feeling empty. She said it was the invaluable medical information that was gone.“I lost some referral slips for my daughter for her specialty care,” said Jones. “The whole reason the book bag got left is because my daughter was diagnosed that day with a really rare congenital birth defect that effects how she breathes, how she eats. It’s pretty serious.”Jones said she has felt on edge in her own home.“I felt so violated and I still violated. I lay awake at night and I keep my windows upstairs open, praying that I can hear someone opening a car door and I can run,” said Jones. “Hopefully be the one to give the neighborhood some closure on who it was and catch them.”As a Navy wife, she said she wants to focus on cherishing the time and moments with her husband and her family around the holidays.“Taking from family’s who already sacrifices so much, it’s wrong and it really sets back a lot of the joy that we have with our spouses and our kids that’s already cut so short sometimes,” said Jones.The folks have reached out to the Housing Department to see what they’re going to do about this. Jones told KUSI they’re proactive and are willing to take the right steps to handle this. Suspect caught on camera breaking into cars of San Diego’s military familieslast_img read more