Apr 30, 2009

Only 7 swine flu deaths, not 152, says WHO

ဒီမုိမီဒီယာေတြဟာ အခုလုိသတင္းမ်ဳိးကုိ တာ၀န္ေက်ေအာင္ပဲ ေဖၚျပပါတယ္။ ဒီမုိအစုိးရရဲ့ မူ၀ါဒေတြကုိ ထိခုိက္ေစမယ့္ သတင္းေတြကုိ သတိမထားမိေအာင္ လုပ္တတ္ၾကပါတယ္။ တစ္ခုေတာ့ သတိေပးပါရေစ။ က်ေနာ္တုိ႔ အခုသတင္းေတြ ေဖၚျပေနတာ ျမန္မာအခ်င္းခ်င္း ဒီမုိနဲ႔ နအဖ ဆုိျပီး အမုံန္းအာဃာတ ၾကီးေအာင္လုပ္ေနတာ မဟုတ္ပါဘူး။ ၈၈၈၈ မွာ ဆႏၵျပခဲ့တဲ့သူေတြရဲ့ လုပ္ရပ္ဟာ မွားသည္ျဖစ္ေစ၊ မွန္သည္ျဖစ္ေစ တုိင္းျပည္အတြက္ အသက္စြန္႔ခဲ့တဲ့သူတုိ႔ရဲ့ ေစတနာကုိေတာ့ ေလးစားေပးဖုိ႔ စစ္တပ္ေထာက္ခံသူမ်ားကုိလည္း ေမတၱာရပ္ခံပါတယ္။

Sydney Morning Herald
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has dismissed claims that more than 150 people have died from swine flu, saying it has officially recorded only seven deaths around the world.

Vivienne Allan, from WHO's patient safety program, said the body had confirmed that worldwide there had been just seven deaths - all in Mexico - and 79 confirmed cases of the disease.

"Unfortunately that [150-plus deaths] is incorrect information and it does happen, but that's not information that's come from the World Health Organisation," Ms Allan told ABC Radio today.

"That figure is not a figure that's come from the World Health Organisation and, I repeat, the death toll is seven and they are all from Mexico."

Ms Allan said WHO had confirmed 40 cases of swine flu in the Americas, 26 in Mexico, six in Canada, two in Spain, two in Britain and three in New Zealand.

Ms Allan said it was difficult to measure how fast the virus was spreading.

She said a real concern would be if the flu virus manifested in a country where a person had had no contact with Mexico, and authorities were watching all countries for signs of that.

"There is no pattern that has emerged at this stage to be able to say that it is spreading in a particular way or it is spreading into a particular country ... the situation is continuing to evolve," she said.

She said the WHO was not recommending against overseas travel, but urged those who felt sick to stay home and others to ensure they kept their hands clean.

No decision had yet been made about vaccinations.

"This virus is not airborne, it's caused by droplets ... so it's not a time for worry. It's a time to be prepared," Ms Allan said.

Crude oil price drops

Oil prices dipped in Asia today as concern that a swine flu outbreak could undermine crude demand overrode optimism about an eventual recovery from a global slump.

Benchmark crude for June delivery was down 39 cents to $49.53 a barrel by midday in Singapore, in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract Tuesday fell 22 cents to settle at $49.92.


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