Andalucian health service collapses under swine flu epidemic, boss quits

The head of the Andalucian health service has quit as his department recognises that hospitals across Andalucia are unable to deal with the flu epidemic. José Luis Gutiérrez, head of the SAS (Servicio Andaluz de Salud) handed in his notice with immediate effect this morning. He’s been running the show since April 2008. The Health Ministry of Andalucia have said that the resignation has nothing to do with the flu epidemic, but refused to speculate Continue reading Andalucian health service collapses under swine flu epidemic, boss quits

Swine Flu Almeria Andalucia – what to do

Spain has activated its emergency plan for control and detection of epidemics, in accordance with the recommendation from the World Health Organisation (WHO). This involves alerting all public and private hospitals to the symptoms of the disease and sending out samples to all laboratories to permit immediate identification of infected patients. Controls are being put in place at all airports and ports to detect any passengers with fever like symptoms coming from affected zones. Passengers Continue reading Swine Flu Almeria Andalucia – what to do

Swine flu, eh?

3 cases so far in Spain, all detected in tourists recently returned from Mexico and now hospitalised. The UK FCO office issued the following advice for travellers to Mexico: Maintaining a distance of at least six feet from other persons and frequent hand washing may decrease the risk of exposure. Six feet, eh? That’ll be the chillis. (Just been informed that 3 more cases have been detected in Barcelona – now up to 6 cases Continue reading Swine flu, eh?