By SHELIA BYRD, Associated Press Writer Shelia Byrd,

Associated Press Writer – Wed Jul 22, 3:09 am ET
JACKSON, Miss. – The Salvation Army is struggling with dwindling donations across the country that will make it hard to give long-term assistance after a disaster, and a spokesman for the charity says “we have to hope and pray” this year’s hurricane season is mild.

The organization will continue to provide the basics – food, water and shelter, said Maj. George Hood, the Salvation Army’s national spokesman. But it isn’t likely to offer more costly recovery aid, such as the $10,000 grants that were given to Hurricane Katrina victims to help them repair their homes. The religious charity also has given mortgage, rent and downpayment assistance to disaster victims in the past.

The Salvation Army’s cost-cutting moves include plans to close two offices along the Hurricane-prone Gulf coast: one in Mississippi’s Hancock County Aug. 28 and one in Metairie, La., in December. Both were Katrina recovery centers.

Hood said the moves were made by local divisions of the charity.

“The problem is the economy,” Hood said, adding that the agency will still be able to offer basic services in a crisis. “If and when we have a hurricane, the Salvation Army will be there. We’ll be mobilized.”

Still, even last year, Hood said the organization was unable to offer as much sustained help in the aftermath of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike as in years past.

The charity usually raises $50 million to $75 million for a single hurricane relief effort, but last year, it raised only $13 million for the entire season, Hood said.

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Argentina
•  Evacuation of hospital (Link)

Australia
•  Australia: current numbers (Link)
•  A second company has started human swine flu vaccine trials in Adelaide (Link)
•  South Australia: official daily update (Link)

Brazil
•  Brazil tightens controls on flights from Argentina (Link)

Canada
•  Quebec finds case of Tamiflu-resistant swine flu, fourth recorded globally (Link)
•  Swine flu causes second confirmed death in British Columbia (Link)
•  H1N1 flu claims another Manitoban (Link)
•  Summer camp still a safe option, says health unit (Link)

China
•  China begins clinical tests for A/H1N1 flu vaccines (Link)

Fiji Islands
•  Tonga records flu death (Link)

Hungary
•  Hungary reports 1st swine flu death (Link)

Ireland
•  HSE says firms need ‘pandemic tsar’ (Link)

Japan
•  Japan finds second cases of Tamiflu-resistant flu (Link)

Malaysia
•  Kuala Lumpur: Varsity, RMC closed for a week (Link)
•  Two campuses closed over flu (Link)

Nepal
•  3,000 chicks destroyed in west Nepal fearing bird flu (Link)

New Zealand
•  Swine Flu – Update (Link)

Philippines
•  American woman infected with flu dies in Tacloban (Link)

Russia
•  Russian swine flu cases rise to 12 (Link)

Singapore
•  Two Singaporeans die from swine flu (Link)

South Africa
•  Schools won’t close over swineflu (Link)

Thailand
•  Thailand’s H1N1 Death Toll Jumps To 44 (Link) and (Link)

United Kingdom
•  West Midlands patient dies (Link)
•  Swine flu now ‘commonplace’ in Barnet borough (Link)
•  Construction industry swine flu guidelines issued (Link)
•  ‘Virtual schools’ swine flu plan (Link)
•  Babies and pregnant women to be given GP diagnosis amid fears over swine flu helpline (Link)
•  Prince Andrew pulls out of visits in virus panic (Link)

United States
•  FL: H1N1 Cases at FSU Band Camp (Link)
•  FL: Experts suspect swine flu outbreak at Rockledge summer camp (Link) •     FL: Swine flu suspected in Treasure Coast city camp illness (Link)
•  FL: Swine Flu Death, Lee County (Link)
•  CO: Be prepared for, not panicked about, H1N1 flu (Link)
•  CT: Preparing for H1N1 virus (Link)
•  Hawaii: 69 on Navy ship test positive (Link)
•  AZ: Health experts prepare for swine flu comeback (Link)
•  CA: San Diego – Woman Visiting County Contracts Swine Flu, Dies (Link)
•  Govt calls for volunteers to test swine flu shots (Link)
•  Officials report 22 swine flu deaths in Florida, 10 this last week (Link)
•  Swine Flu Vaccine Tests Move Forward (Link)
•  WA: Seattle’s Group Health to test swine flu vaccines (Link)
•  St. Louis University to test H1N1 vaccine locally (Link)
•  OH: First Case of Swine Flu in Warren (Link)
•  Officials report 22 swine flu deaths in Florida (Link)
•  Woman Diagnosed With H1N1 Virus Dies in Virginia (Link)
•  GA: ‘Swine flu’ worries continue, official says (Link)
•  UT: Utah swine flu death toll reaches 16 (Link)
•  Summer Camp ’09: A Swim, a Cough, a Quarantine (Link)

Yemen
•  Yemen H1N1 cases rise to ten (Link)

Commentary
•  H1N1: Is It a Crisis or Is Staffing the Real Crisis? (Link)
•  An ounce of prevention (Link)
•  It Is Time to Rethink Disaster Recovery (Link)
•  Now Legal Immunity for Swine flu Vaccine Makers (Link)
•  Canada: A flu skeptic weighs in  (Link)

Maps
•  Central American Human Cases of H1N1 Flu Infection  (Link)
•  South American Human Cases of H1N1 Flu Infection (Link)

Research
•  Ecology and geography of avian influenza (HPAI H5N1) (Link)

General
•  No swine flu respite in Central, South America (Link)
•  From Jordan to Chile, countries take drastic measures to stop spread (Link)
•  Video – Swine Flu, Vaccination, and You (Link)
•  Think H1N1 is Bad Now? Wait Till Flu Season (Link)
•  Firms need to be ready for flu pandemic (Link)
•  Organisations underestimate impact of swine ‘flu (Link)
•  Drugs Giant To Triple Flu Vaccine Capacity (Link)
•  from CDC: QUESTIONS & ANSWERS (Link)
•  Elderly, sick and children barred from haj pilgrimage over swine flu fears (Link)
•  Flu death toll mounts in Latin America (Link)

 

Egypt

EGYPT ISSUES WARNING ON MAKKAH; 8 Kuwaitis back with swine flu
KUWAIT CITY, July 21,  (Agencies): Eight Kuwaitis have tested postive for swine flu on their return from an Omra pilgrimage to Makkah and have been admitted to hospital, the Kuwaiti health ministry announced on Tuesday. The Kuwaitis, including six women, “underwent laboratory tests, which confirmed their infection by the A(H1N1) virus,” ministry spokesman Yussef al-Nisf.
“They are receiving the necessary treatment at the hospital and they are in stable condition,” he said. The new cases take the number of people in Kuwait confirmed to have contracted swine flu to 44, most of whom have now recovered, the spokesman said. Al-Nisf, quoting the Saudi Health Ministry, said that authorities there have called on the elderly, pregnant women, people with chronic diseases and children to postpone performing pilgrimage for this year. It also urged pilgrims to get vaccinated against seasonal flu two weeks prior to their departure as a precautionary measure. The spokesman said the health ministry is following the situation and is dealing with the patients in line with guidelines of the World Health Organization

Egypt has become the latest country to warn vulnerable Muslims against pilgrimage to Makkah, after an Egyptian woman back from Saudi Arabia became the first swine flu death in the Middle East and Africa.
Egypt’s health ministry “has warned the elderly, pregnant women, children and those suffering from chronic illness not to perform the Hajj or Omra pilgrimages,” the official MENA news agency reported late Monday.
As well as the annual hajj, which all Muslims are required to make once in a lifetime if they have the means, the faithful can also make a lesser pilgrimage to the holy places, known as omra, at any time of the year.
Upwards of two million people are expected in Saudi Arabia over the next five months on pilgrimages to the Muslim holy cities of Makkah and Mdina in the west of the kingdom.

 

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