swine flu has potential to spread fast and number of infections are rising

Our Belgian government/administration meanwhile thinks it ain't worth any special precautionary actions for the moment. Instead they will be running (as hell) behind the facts when it is too late.

This is what Yahoo is writing in its reports - and what we don't hear on Belgian tv or radio - where they try to minimize the risks and so on

"Countries planned quarantines, tightened rules on pork imports and tested airline passengers for fevers as global health officials tried Sunday to come up with uniform ways to battle a deadly strain of swine flu. Nations from New Zealand to France reported new suspected cases and some warned citizens against travel to North America.

World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan held teleconferences with staff and flu experts around the world but stopped short of recommending specific measures to halt the disease beyond urging governments to step up their surveillance of suspicious outbreaks.

Governments including China, Russia and Taiwan began planning to put anyone with symptoms of the deadly virus under quarantine.

Others were increasing their screening of pigs and pork imports from the Americas or banning them outright despite health officials' reassurances that it was safe to eat thoroughly cooked pork.

Some nations issued travel warnings for Mexico and the United States.

Chan called the outbreak a public health emergency of "pandemic potential" because the virus can pass from human to human.

Her agency was considering whether to issue nonbinding recommendations on travel and trade restrictions, and even border closures. It is up to governments to decide whether to follow the advice."

I do not know if you can read behind the lines but if this ain't a very worried official without any power trying to tell the governments to do everything they can to limit the spread of this virus, than I am a blind man.

Does any politician think that one month before our regional elections (but that are very important) people have any sympathy for their inaction. We already had once elections during a dioxine crisis (and the governmental parties lost bigtime). Do they really want another one during another health scare (even if there is much more scare than risk). A scared population can have a much bigger impact than the risk itself. Imagine that they wouldn't travel anymore for example. Imagine them buying all kinds of medicins - thinking there won't maybe enough when this really breaks. You better show a firm steady control from the beginning, leaving nothing on chance than giving the impression that you don't have a clue where to start.

For example. They are not informing Belgian travellers returning from Mexico because there are no direct flights between Belgium and Mexico and they think it is up to the other countries to inform the returning travellers..... By the way how many people could decided in a few weeks time if the situation worsens (if) to come back to their home country ? Or should they be evacuated to nearby centers ? Things you have to think about NOW not in a few weeks time ....

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