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Manipur on alert against swine flu

Swine fluImphal, Apr 30 : As the cases related to swine flu are on rise in Mexico and other countries, authorities here are taking preventive steps on the border with Myanmar.

Manipur''s Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Department has barred import of live pigs and pork meat through the India-Myanmar border.

"As far as the husbandry services of the state is concerned, we are under alert and at the same time we have taken certain steps to prevent the transit of animals mainly through international border, that is bordering Myanmar in some of the districts," Thoiba Jiban Singh, director, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry.

New pill to replace painful multiple sclerosis jabs

Pain KillerWashington, Apr 30 : A new pill may soon replace the painful injections for multiple sclerosis treatment, say researchers.

The research team led by Professor Gavin Giovannoni of Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry has shown that cladribine tablets just a few times a year can reduce the chances of a relapse by well over 50 per cent.

Cladribine tablets work by suppressing the immune system, reducing the risk of further damage to a patient''s nervous system.

In the new study, the researchers followed over 1,300 MS patients for nearly two years.

Going to office when ill risks long-term sick leave later

Going to office when ill risks long-term sick leave laterWashington, Apr 30 : Repeatedly going to work when ill significantly raises the chances of long-term sick leave later in life, according to a new study.

The trend, called "sickness presence", is becoming increasingly common as staff fear for their jobs during the recession.

In order to study the long-term impact of the behaviour, researchers randomly selected almost 12,000 Danes of working age, who had been in continuous employment for at least a year.

Peru confirms first swine-flu infection

Peru confirms first swine-flu infectionLima - Peru's health authorities on Wednesday confirmed the country's first case of swine flu.

The victim was an Argentinian woman who was in Mexico only for a few hours on a layover when travelling from the United States to Argentina, Peru's Health Minister Oscar Ugarte said.

The 27-year-old was hospitalized with high fever, nosebleeds and a cough at a quarantine ward in Callao province near the capital Lima, he said.

Slovak authorities rule out swine flu in two cases

Slovak authorities rule out swine flu in two casesBrati

Japan sets up fever clinics in preparation for swine flu outbreak

Japan sets up fever clinics in preparation for swine flu outbreakTokyo - Japan will set up fever clinics across the nation to treat patients with swine flu if the disease reaches Japan, a ministry official said Thursday.

The government's plan to designate some medical facilities as fever clinics was intended to prevent in-hospital spread of flu infections, according to the Health, Welfare and Labour Ministry.