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.
MURMANSK: Ecological groups gathered on Kola Peninsula fear that Barents nature will be the looser after Oslo decided to call off the environmental minister’s Moscow meeting in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
TROMSØ: Since the first five specimens of snow crab were found in the Barents Sea in 1996, the population has exploded. There is now ten times as much snow crab than king crab in the area, and scientists are just starting to find out how this new species has adopted to life in the Barents Sea.
The current situation in Ukraine makes cross-border cooperation with the neighboring countries even more important, Barents Secretariat leader Rune Rafaelsen says. At the same time, Norway has joined NATO’s condemnation of Russia’s military escalation on the Crimea peninsula.
Board member Amund Trellevik in the press network fears entry-denial of Kremlin’s controversial propaganda-journalist Dmitry Kiselyov could be retaliated by refusing Norwegian journalists access to Russia.