Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

REPORTERS

Inside the CIA’s secret prisons

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Politics: parties under pressure

Read more

FOCUS

In Burma, the rise of radical Buddhism

Read more

ENCORE!

Haute Couture: the hand-stitched clothing made in Paris that sells for the price of small yachts

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Caution, another Cast Lead lies ahead'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Rising into the ranks of Haute Couture

Read more

DEBATE

Gaza: How to Stop the Spiral? Israel Readies For Ground Offensive

Read more

DEBATE

Gaza: How to Stop the Spiral? Israel Readies For Ground Offensive (part 2)

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

A thin line between fact-checking and propaganda in Gaza social media coverage

Read more

  • Inside the CIA’s secret prisons

    Read more

  • Are French high school students getting smarter?

    Read more

  • Disgraced Suarez leaves Liverpool for Barcelona

    Read more

  • French ‘Civic Service’ eyes massive expansion amid huge demand

    Read more

  • Kurdish forces take over two oilfields in northern Iraq

    Read more

  • Amazon snubs French free delivery ban with one-cent charge

    Read more

  • In Pictures: Petrol station hit by Hamas rockets

    Read more

  • Manhunt as FIFA partner flees Rio hotel to avoid arrest

    Read more

  • Video: Living in Tel Aviv, under threat of rocket attack

    Read more

  • Video: Palestinians fear full Israeli military offensive in Gaza

    Read more

  • US prepared to negotiate Gaza ceasefire, Obama says

    Read more

  • French companies will have to accept anonymous CVs

    Read more

  • Ukrainian forces close in on Donetsk

    Read more

  • Germany asks US intelligence station chief to leave country

    Read more

  • Tour de France passes WWI Chemin des Dames battlefield

    Read more

Europe

Netherlands reports first case, EU health chief warns against panic

©

Latest update : 2009-04-30

The day after the WHO raised its official alert level to phase 5, the EU's health commissioner urged Europeans not to panic over the spread of the H1N1 virus (or swine flu), even while Dutch officials reported the first case in their country.

AFP - The EU's health commissioner said Thursday that Europe "should not panic" over the spread of swine flu even though the World Health Organisation has warned of an imminent pandemic.

"We have to be careful, we have to exercise vigilance, we should not panic, we have to be prepared," Androulla Vassiliou told journalists as she arrived for an emergnecy meeting of EU health ministers in Luxembourg.

With a growing number of cases being anounced in Europe, the ministers were meeting to flesh out a common response to the flu crisis amid divisions over whether to ban flights to Mexico, where the outbreak first emerged.

Date created : 2009-04-30

Comments

COMMENT(S)