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.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Kuznetsov”, has finished repairs and is ready to leave the port of Murmansk. According to a Russian news agency, the vessel will sail to Syria.
A century and a half ago, Norway was home to roughly three thousand brown bears, the majority of bears in all of Scandinavia. By 1930, the bears were virtually extinct. Decades of aggressive management tactics and bounties had wiped out one of the area’s most iconic species.
Microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are accumulating in marine waters and big lakes around the world, are now showing up in the Arctic waters south and southwest of Svalbard, Norway, a new study says.
REYKJAVIK: The climatic changes taking place in the Arctic are a call to action for the world. We must answer with more international cooperation and more research, says Tore Hattrem, State Secretary of Norway’s Foreign Ministry.
“Partnership should and shall shape the development of the Arctic, therefore cooperation is the starting point for our Arctic policy,” Vladimir Barbin, Senior Arctic Official and representative to the Arctic Council, said at the Arctic Circle 2015 assembly.
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.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende has asked Russia for an explanation to the high number of asylum seekers coming to Norway via Russia. Syrian refugees that have lived in Russia for a long time, will be stopped on the border and sent back.