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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-05-27

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>


  • [01] Third case of H1N1 confirmed in Greece
  • [02] Aegean a Star Alliance member

  • [01] Third case of H1N1 confirmed in Greece

    Two new cases of swine flu were confirmed in Greece on Tuesday and Wednesday, involving two friends who recently returned from Edinburgh earlier in the week, while a third friend traveling with them tested negative for the H1N1 virus.

    A Health Ministry announcement on Tuesday night said that a second case of the 'new flu' had been confirmed by the Pasteur Institute in a 21-year-old Greek man who returned two days earlier from Edinburgh, and would be following treatment at his home in Athens in accordance with the guidelines of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the EU.

    The third case was confirmed on Wednesday morning by the Reference Center in Thessaloniki, in another 21-year-old man, who is a friend of the second case and with whom had returned two days earlier from Edinburgh.

    A third young man traveling with the previous two has tested negative, according to a ministry announcement.

    Health minister Dimitris Avramopoulos has called a meeting of the committee of experts that has been set up at the ministry for 11:00 Wednesday, after which he will make statements to the press.

    The first case of the H1N1 virus, in a 19-year-old Greek student recently returned from the United States, was confirmed on May 18 by the Pasteur Institute in Athens after carrying out a second round of tests to confirm the first results.

    All three cases were light, and the ministry reiterated that there was no cause for alarm.

    [02] Aegean a Star Alliance member

    Aegean Airlines on Tuesday said it was officially a member of Star Alliance, an international alliance bringing together 22 members, covering 160 countries, 960 airports with a daily flight schedule of 20,000 flights.

    K. Albrecht, chief executive of Star Alliance said the "alliance has accepted Aegean for two reasons: first, Greece's geographical position -a key and a hub between East and West and an ideal place for vacations, and secondly, because Aegean offers high quality services to travelers and has an impeccable safety reputation". Albrecht said the Greek airline company has a very successful management. Aegean Airlines' chairman, Theodore Vasilakis, said the airline company, which celebrates its 10th birthday on Thursday, opens a new page in its history and announced that Aegean would participate in a tender to service remote Greek islands.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of an Aegean Airlines airbus

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