Senegal reports cases after religious festival
The health minister of Senegal confirmed that the country has experienced 14 cases of pandemic H1N1 flu after a religious festival, according to an Africa News story today. The first cases were detected in the religious city of Touba and in nearby Diourbel, in central Senegal. Hundreds of thousands of members of the Mouride Muslim Brotherhood gathered in these cities last week to commemorate a religious event. The health minister said the country has the resources to deal with pandemic flu.
Feb 9 Africa News story
Israel cancels remaining vaccine order
Because only a tenth of Israel's population has been vaccinated against pandemic flu, the country has canceled orders for its remaining H1N1 vaccine after receiving 4.6 million doses, according to a Jerusalem Post story today. The original order was for 7.3 million doses, but only 700,000 doses have been used.
Feb 9 Jerusalem Post article
Controversy forces delay of Romanian vaccinations
Romanian authorities have delayed the launch of their H1N1 vaccination campaign by at least a month amid concern about the procedures used in testing the vaccine in children, according to WAZ.EUobserver.com, which reports on relations between the European Union and countries in southeastern Europe. The controversy started when a Romanian newspaper reported that parents were being paid to allow their children to receive the vaccine, which has not been approved by the European Medicines Agency.
Feb 9 WAZ.EUobserver.com report
NBA team removed water fountains to fight flu
The Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team removed all the water fountains from its arena in November to fight pandemic flu and other diseases, the Associated Press reported. Team spokesman Tad Carper said the decision was based on information from qualified sources, which he did not name. Matt Carroll, director of Cleveland's health department, said he was not aware of any evidence that water fountains help spread H1N1. Thirsty fans can get free cups of water at concession stands, said Carper.
Feb 8 AP report