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18 Jun 2012 description
report World Bank

New study shows how active disaster risk management reduces losses and protects communities

LOS CABOS, MEXICO, June 16, 2012 - The leaders of the world’s largest economies, meeting at the G20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, have highlighted the importance of disaster risk management as an integral part of development policy to reflect their concern about the dramatic increase in losses from natural disasters in both developed and developing countries.

01 Feb 2012 description
report Inter Press Service

Analysis by Janet Larsen and Sara Rasmussen*

WASHINGTON, Feb 1, 2012 (IPS) - The global average temperature in 2011 was 14.52 degrees Celsius (58.14 degrees Fahrenheit). According to NASA scientists, this was the ninth warmest year in 132 years of recordkeeping, despite the cooling influence of the La Niña atmospheric and oceanic circulation pattern and relatively low solar irradiance.

Since the 1970s, each subsequent decade has gotten hotter - and nine of the 10 hottest years on record have occurred in the 21st century.

12 Nov 2011 description

Honolulu, Hawaii , United States, 11 Nov 2011

We, APEC ministers and senior government officials, along with private sector leaders, met in Honolulu, Hawaii for the High Level Policy Dialogue on Disaster Resiliency, under the chairmanship of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

24 Sep 2009 description

Washington/Nairobi, 24 September 2009 -The pace and scale of climate change may now be outstripping even the most sobering predictions of the last report of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC).

An analysis of the very latest, peer-reviewed science indicates that many predictions at the upper end of the IPCC's forecasts are becoming ever more likely.

Meanwhile, the newly emerging science points to some events thought likely to occur in longer-term time horizons, as already happening or set to happen far sooner than had previously been thought.

Researchers have …

16 Jul 2009 description

The first data snapshot of the initial outbreak of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 in the Western Pacific Region suggests that the virus started spreading among countries in the Region in the third week of May, after arriving in late April from Mexico, the United States of America and Canada.

11 Jun 2009 description
  • WHO declares first flu pandemic in 40 years

    - Flu experts recommend move to phase 6

    - Expected to urge finishing seasonal flu vaccine production

    - Spread of virus in Australia triggered declaration

    (Updates with Swedish confirmation of pandemic)

    By Stephanie Nebehay

    GENEVA, June 11 (Reuters) - The World Health Organisation declared the first flu pandemic of the 21st century on Thursday, Sweden's health ministry said.

    The health ministry said the United Nations agency was raising its pandemic flu alert to the top phase 6 on a six-point scale, indicating the …

15 May 2009 description

MANILA, 15 May 2009, 1600 hrs - New Zealand reported two new laboratory confirmed cases of influenza A (H1N1), bringing the total confirmed case count in that country to nine. No deaths from influenza A(H1N1) have been reported in the Western Pacific Region.

New Zealand's two new cases comprise a member of the original student group from Auckland's Rangitoto College which returned to New Zealand on 25 April from a trip to Mexico, and another passenger on the same flight.

14 May 2009 description
report European Union

Main developments in past 24 hours

- 5 new confirmed cases reported from EU and EFTA countries, with first case reported from Belgium;

- Outside EU and EFTA countries, Thailand and Cuba reported their first cases;

- Age-specific attack rates in Mexico indicate tha almost all age groups are being equally affected.

This report is based on official information provided by the national public health websites, or through other official communication channels.

13 May 2009 description

A las 06.00 TMG del 13 de mayo de 2009 se habían notificado oficialmente 5728 casos de infección humana por virus gripal A(H1N1) en 33 países.

Se habían notificado 2059 casos humanos confirmados mediante pruebas de laboratorio, 56 de ellos mortales, en México; 3009, 3 de ellos mortales, en los Estados Unidos de América; 358, 1 de ellos mortal, en Canadá, y 8, 1 de ellos mortal, en Costa Rica.

También se habían notificado casos confirmados mediante pruebas de laboratorio, ninguno de ellos mortal, en los países siguientes: Alemania (12), Argentina (1), Australia (1), Austria (1), …

12 May 2009 description

As of 06:00 GMT, 12 May 2009, 30 countries have officially reported 5251 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection.

Mexico has reported 2059 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 56 deaths. The United States has reported 2600 laboratory confirmed human cases, including three deaths. Canada has reported 330 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death.

12 May 2009 description
report European Union

Main developments in past 24 hours

- 14 new confirmed cases reported from EU and EFTA countries;

- First case reported form mainland China;

- Four additional confirmed cases with in-country transmission reported from the UK;

- Outside of EU and EFTA countries, 5073 confirmed cases;

This report is based on official information provided by the national public health websites, or through other official communication channels. In addition, outside of the EU and EFTA countries, media reports from credible sources are included when quoting national authorities.

12 May 2009 description
  • New virus could still mutate into more virulent form

    - Flu pandemic could be expected to circle globe 3 times

    - WHO global tally is 5,251 cases, including 61 deaths

    By Stephanie Nebehay

    GENEVA, May 12 (Reuters) - The new H1N1 flu virus could still mutate into a more virulent form and spark an influenza pandemic that could be expected to circle the globe up to three times, the World Health Organisation said on Tuesday.

    The impact of any pandemic would vary, as a virus that causes only mild illness in countries with strong health systems can become …

11 May 2009 description
report European Union

Main developments in past 24 hours

- 12 new confirmed cases reported from EU and EFTA countries;

- Norway reported its first 2 confirmed cases;

- One case in Italy, previously classified as in-country transmission, has been reclassified as travel-related;

- Seven additional confirmed cases reported from the UK with in-country transmission;

- Outside of EU and EFTA countries, 4936 confirmed cases;

- One more death from the US in a previously confirmed case

This report is based on official information provided by the national public health websites, or through other …

11 May 2009 description

A las 06.00 TMG del 11 de mayo de 2009 se habían notificado oficialmente 4694 casos de infección humana por virus gripal A(H1N1) en 30 países.

Se habían notificado 1626 casos humanos confirmados mediante pruebas de laboratorio, 48 de ellos mortales, en México; 2532, 3 de ellos mortales, en los Estados Unidos de América; 284, 1 de ellos mortal, en Canadá, y 8, 1 de ellos mortal, en Costa Rica.

También se habían notificado casos confirmados mediante pruebas de laboratorio, ninguno de ellos mortal, en los países siguientes: Alemania (11), Argentina (1), Australia (1), Austria (1), …

11 May 2009 description

As of 06:00 GMT, 11 May 2009, 30 countries have officially reported 4694 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection.

Mexico has reported 1626 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 48 deaths. The United States has reported 2532 laboratory confirmed human cases, including three deaths. Canada has reported 284 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death.

11 May 2009 description
report UN News Service

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today that the number of laboratory-confirmed cases of the influenza A(H1N1) virus has increased to 4,694 - nearly double the figure reported last Friday - including 53 deaths.

Mexico and the United States top the list of the 30 countries which have reported laboratory-confirmed human cases of the virus so far, according to the latest WHO update.

11 May 2009 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 11 mai 2009 (IRIN) - Aucun cas de grippe A (H1N1) n'a encore été confirmé en Afrique, et les experts médicaux se demandent si ce constat est le fait de la chance ou si, bien au contraire, il s'explique par le manque de centres d'analyse de la grippe entièrement équipés.

Des cas de grippe A (H1N1) ont été confirmés en Amérique du Nord, en Amérique du Sud, en Asie et en Europe, mais ni en Australasie, ni en Afrique, selon l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS).

« Je suis très surpris qu'aucun cas n'ait encore été signalé ici ; le manque de capacités de …

10 May 2009 description

Le 10 mai 2009 à 7 heures 30 GMT, 29 pays avaient notifié officiellement 4 379 cas d'infection par le virus grippal A(H1N1).

Le Mexique a notifié 1626 cas d'infection humaine confirmés en laboratoire, dont 45 décès.

10 May 2009 description

Status of Influenza A(H1N1) in the Americas

The total confirmed cases of influenza A(H1N1) recorded in the Americas is as follows:

- USA, 2,532 confirmed cases with 3 deaths;

- Mexico has reported 2,062 confirmed cases, 48 deaths;

- Canada, 284 confirmed cases with 1 death;

- Panama, 15 confirmed case;

- Costa Rica, 8 confirmed case with 1 death;

- Brazil, 6 confirmed cases;

- El Salvador, 2 confirmed cases;

- Argentina, 1 confirmed case.

- Colombia, 1 confirmed case;

- Guatemala, 1 confirmed case.

The World Health Organization maintains pandemic alert …

10 May 2009 description
report European Union

Main developments in past 24 hours

- 11 new confirmed cases reported from EU and EFTA countries;

- Seven more confirmed cases with in-country transmission in the UK;

- One more confirmed case with possible in-country transmission in Italy;

- Outside of EU and EFTA countries, 4201 confirmed cases;

- Increase of the number of confirmed cases in the US of approximately 30%;

- Three more deaths in Mexico;

- First death in Costa Rica;

This report is based on official information provided by the national public health websites, or through other official communication …