Three different influenza viruses have been identified as of last week, one of them the swine flu H1N1.
“There is a lot of pressure on hospitals at the moment,” says Hanne Nøkleby, director of division of infectious diseases at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health to the Foreigner.
“Many labs have been closed due to the Christmas holidays, meaning a lower rate of testing. We are also really just at the start of this year’s influenza season,” ….”we do expect a rise in flu cases during the next few weeks. We’re now in the third week of about eight before the rate starts to decline,” she says.
There is no indication the current swine flu strain is different to the 2009’s. The Institute of Public Health advices people in risk-risk groups to take the vaccine.
Regular military relations between Norway and Russia have been halted for more than a year, but the two countries’ Coast Guard Services continue cooperate on protection of borders and resources in the Barents Sea.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Sports in the Barents region have joined forces and established Barents Games. This weekend athletes from all over the region met in Oulu to compete in 14 differents sports during the Barents Summer Games. See our slide show from the competitions.