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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-05-07

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  • [01] Health Minister on swine flu

  • [01] Health Minister on swine flu

    Health Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos said on Wednesday that "neither slackness, nor exaggeration" is the stance being observed by his ministry regarding the risk of swine flu spreading to Greece, a stance that was praised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday.

    Briefing the Parliamentary Social Affairs Committee on the appearance of the new virus, Avramopoulos invoked assessments made by the WHO on the serious possibility of the handling of an epidemic at global level, since the virus changes and without a dramatic increase in mortality, similar to that concerning the "Spanish flu" in 1918, being ruled out. In this framework, Greece is moving to tackle the worst scenario.

    "It is very possible thay we may have the first case in our country as well. The basic principle is the truth, transparency, information. We do not play games with these issues," Avramopoulos said and added that "I have briefed the prime minister who considered the issue as being of primary importance. All actions regarding the level of prevention have already been implemented and we are operating at a level of preparation, of the implementation of all the necessary measures to handle the worst scenario."

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Health Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos

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