Sat Nov 7, 2009 10:12am EST

BRATISLAVA, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Slovakia said on Saturday it would close all but one road border crossing with Ukraine on Sunday because of Ukraine’s flu epidemic.

Vysne Nemecke, the biggest checkpoint, will be the only one to stay open.

“The reason is the continuing worsening of the epidemic situation in Ukraine,” Interior Minister Robert Kalinak told journalists. “This is intended to minimize any eventual outbreak of the disease.”

Kalinak said the EU member state’s decision was temporary and aimed to protect the bloc.

Doctors and hygienists will be stationed at the border to monitor passengers and have the powers to bar anyone suspected of being infected from entering the country.

Ukraine could delay a January presidential election until May next year because of its outbreak of H1N1 flu, which has killed more than 100 in recent weeks and infected more than 750,000 [ID:nL695938]. (Reporting by Martin Santa; editing by Andrew Roche)

http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSL7179665

 

Azerbaijan
•  First Swine Flu Case Reported (Link)

Belarus
•  Dictatorship is life-threatening (Link)

Canada
•  Ontario: Swine flu ‘on the wane’ (Link)
•  Edmonton father questions ER protocols where H1N1 mixes with well persons too (Link)

China
•  A/H1N1 vaccination program extends to all Beijingers (Link)
•  WHO Says Pandemic Flu on Rise in China, Japan (Link)
•  Chinese mainland reports one more death from A/H1N1 flu (Link)
•  Hong Kong reports 39 patients in hospital wards caught H1N1 (Link)

France
•  8 deaths since 03 november 2009 (Link)

India
•  Three swine flu deaths take India’s toll to 489 (Link)
•  Ludhiana reports another death, 39th from H1N1 (Link)
•  Tamil Nadu confirms 9 deaths there so far (Link)

Jordan
•  Pilgrims will leave for Mecca without swine flu vaccination (Link)

Mexico
•  Official warns of collapse in hospitals by AH1N1 (translated) (Link)
•  10 new deaths by A/H1N1 in Morelos (translated) (Link)

Moldova
•  Moldova reports 3rd death from H1N1, a man returned from Moscow (Link)

Mongolia
•  Mongolia to import H1N1 vaccine from China (Link)

Pakistan
•  Afghani migrant woman dies in Peshawar  (Link)

Poland
•  Polish news article from yesterday, translated (Link)

Russia
•  Russia’s swine flu death toll rises to 19 (Link)
•  Situation with A/H1N1/ grippe under control–Golikova (Link)

Saudi Arabia
•  Saudi Arabia Travel Alert November 05, 2009  (Link)
•  Saudi Arabia mandates all barbers wear masks (Link)

Sri Lanka
•  1st confirmed death from H1N1, in Kandy, 16 yr old boy (Link)

Turkey
•  A/H1N1 flu death toll rises to 23 in Turkey  (Link)

Ukraine
•  Flue death toll in Ukraine: 109 dead (Link)
•  Ukraine Radio International: Radio on demand (Link)
•  Crimea: Feodosiya is ready to meeting of flu (Link)
•  Blog: Ukraine Expected to Surpass 1 Million Infections in Only 10 Days; the U.S. took 10 weeks (Link)
•  Official: Ukrainian Election May Be Postponed Due To Swine Flu (Link)
•  135 dead and 317 persons in ‘grave condition’ (Link)

United Kingdom
•  Highest risk get H1N1 vaccine first under British system (Link)
•  Widow of swine flu victim in ‘lies’ anger as Scottish toll hits 32 (Link)

United States
•  US: Harvard School of Public Health Poll shows most tried and failed to get vaxx 1st time around (Link)
•  CDC: Monitoring Influenza Activity, Including 2009 H1N1 (Link)
•  AK: Island village hit by suspected swine flu (Link)
•  IA: Fighting the Good Fight (Link)
•  IL: Low vaccine supply raises ire  (Link)
•  NY: A Swine Flu Death confirmed (Link)
•  OH: Sheriff’s captain died Friday evening from H1N1 (Link)
•  OR: Fewer flu cases in Southern Oregon (Link)
•  OR: H1N1 lands local residents in ICU’s (Link)
•  PA: State offers to help schools give shots free (Link)
•  PA: DOH lists (2) Additional Deaths (Link)
•  PA: Geisinger confirms death resulting from H1N1 (Link)
•  SD: 4 more deaths in South Dakota confirmed, total now 13 (Link
•  TX: second death confirmed in Galveston in less than a week (Link)
•  TX: State defends withholding flu vaccine distribution info (Link)
•  WA: New priorities for flu vaccine (Link)
•  WI: Suspect arrested in Milwaukee theft of flu vaccine (Link)

General
•  A/H1N1 influenza death toll rises over 6,000, says WHO (Link)

Commentary
•  Recombinomics: National H1N1 Epidemic Declared in Bulgaria (Link)
•  UK Swine flu blog: How bonkers is this (Link)

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