No Mass Vaccination Against Swine Flu
Swedish health authorities have no immediate plans for special protective measures against swine flu. After an analysis of the latest reports from Mexico the Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control announced that at present there was no intention to launch mass vaccinations against the virus sickness. In a joint statement the disease control institute and the Civil Contingencies Agency said that there was no reason for panic or alarm. Swedish travelers who have recently visited Mexico were recommended to seek medical help in case of respiratory problems.
The European Commission in Brussels issued a statement on Sunday, saying that no cases of the animal disease have been reported in Europe so far. A spokeswoman said that the commission was in permanent contact with authorities in Mexico and in the United States as well as with the World Health Organization, WHO. ‘We are following the situation closely as it evolves,’ she said.
Meanwhile, the WHO has suggested that the fatalities reported in Mexico may not have been caused by swine flu itself but by complications of pneumonia patients who had additionally been infected with the virus. (KH)