Alberta E coli outbreak tied to milk shakes

first_img Fourteen of the 16 people identified in the outbreak had consumed marshmallow milk shakes, Judy MacDonald, MD, MCM, of Calgary Health Region told CIDRAP News today. MacDonald is deputy medical officer of health working on communicable disease control for the agency. The Calgary Health Region traced the outbreak to a longtime employee of Peters’ Drive-In, according to the Calgary Herald. The employee reportedly came to work despite being ill. She made a marshmallow milk shake mix that was served at Peters’ from Apr 22 to 26, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reported on May 10. She said the outbreak carries an important lesson about food safety: although E coli infections are usually associated with eating undercooked ground beef, the pathogen can get into other foods if they are handled by infected people. Some of those who fell ill in this outbreak are vegetarians, she added. The worker who made the milk shakes had the first case identified in the outbreak, said MacDonald. She was symptomatic before Apr 22 and continued to work until she was found to have a possible case of E coli on Apr 25. Using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), authorities have been able to confirm that the same strain of E coli infected at least 9 of the 16 people, MacDonald reported. The next week, on May 2 and 3, lab tests showed several more E coli cases, MacDonald said. Because a food worker had already been diagnosed, investigators quickly focused on the drive-in and found links among 15 cases. One case has not been linked to the drive-in, MacDonald said. The CBC reported that three people were hospitalized briefly. A fourth, a 15-year-old named Sara Burgess, had a marshmallow shake on Apr 24, the Herald reported. The next day, she began vomiting and was hospitalized. She developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and has been receiving dialysis at Alberta Children’s Hospital because of kidney failure. She remained in fair to serious condition today, according to MacDonald. May 13, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Sixteen people have fallen sick and one is hospitalized with Escherichia coli O157:H7, most of them after drinking milk shakes at a popular drive-in restaurant in Calgary, Alta. Dr. Glen Armstrong, head of infectious diseases at the University of Calgary, told the CBC that foodservice workers should stay home if they’re feeling ill. MacDonald said it’s too soon to rule out the possibility of more cases. The drive-in was temporarily closed, but it has been cleaned and reopened, the Toronto Globe and Mail newspaper reported on May 7.last_img read more

WHO, Asian leaders discuss virus sharing, vaccine access

first_imgEditor’s note: Because of a technical problem, this story was not published until Mar 27.Mar 26, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) opened a meeting with Asian health officials in Jakarta today to hear their concerns about access to H5N1 influenza vaccines and discuss solutions that might allow researchers to regain unrestricted access to H5N1 samples.Indonesia brought the issue to the forefront in February when it announced it would send no more H5N1 samples to the WHO until it received assurances that the strains would not be used by private companies to make vaccines that the country couldn’t afford.Though some countries and health officials support Indonesia’s use of the virus samples as leverage to gain access to H5N1 vaccines, others have charged that Indonesia is impeding global efforts to chart the spread of the disease, track genetic mutations, and develop new vaccines.In his opening remarks at the 2-day conference today, which were e-mailed to journalists, David Heymann, the WHO’s acting director-general for communicable diseases, said responsible virus sharing requires both unrestricted access to novel influenza viruses and equitable access to pandemic vaccines that result from the sharing.Heymann defended the WHO’s history of coordinating vaccine development and production on behalf of developing nations. In 1997 the WHO responded to a major meningitis outbreak in sub-Saharan Africa by mobilizing the production and distribution of 3 million doses of vaccine.”To date, more than 20 million doses of meningococcal vaccine have been channeled through the International Coordinating Group mechanism, and improvements in surveillance have occurred because the prospect of having access to vaccine is a compelling incentive to report cases,” Heymann said. A similar mechanism was recently established to coordinate stockpiling and distribution of yellow fever vaccine for Latin America and Africa, he added.The Jakarta meeting will allow the WHO and the 18 Asian nations to discuss not only virus-sharing proposals that will be debated at the World Health Assembly in May, but also obligations that countries have under the revised International Health Regulations, which take effect in June, Heymann said.He predicted the meeting would bring discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of material-transfer agreements and other virus-sharing mechanisms, “and it will become clear that most of these mechanisms would impede rather than facilitate the world’s risk assessment and preparedness for an influenza pandemic.”Indonesian Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari has asked the WHO for a binding guarantee that H5N1 samples won’t be used to develop commercial vaccines priced out of the country’s reach. Indonesia also signed a memorandum of understanding with US vaccine producer Baxter International that laid the groundwork for future collaborations or supply agreements.At the meeting today, Supari told reporters that if Indonesia had its own WHO collaborating center and vaccine factory, it would not need to send viruses outside the country, the Associated Press reported.The WHO said last week that projects to establish flu-vaccine manufacturing capacities in up to six developing countries—four in Asia and two in Latin America—were “in the final stage of approval.” Japan and the United States have provided $18 million toward the effort, the WHO said. But Heymann’s prepared speech did not mention those projects.US Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said in a Mar 23 press release that the United States provided $10 million toward the WHO’s vaccine supply expansion plan. “Responding to a pandemic demands the cooperation of the world community, as no nation can go it alone. If a country is to protect its own people, it must work together with other nations to protect the people of the world,” he said.Heymann said solutions for improving H5N1 vaccine access in developing countries will require both short- and long-term measures, which could include:National stockpilesVirtual stockpiles—certain amounts of pandemic vaccine that producers would set aside for the WHO to buy for developing countriesFill-and-finish operations that allow developing countries to package bulk vaccine from manufacturersTechnology-transfer agreements like those used for the conjugate meningitis vaccine, which would allow developing countries to add to the world’s flu vaccine supply.See also:Mar 22 CIDRAP News story “WHO: Six developing countries may get flu vaccine plants”Mar 23 HHS press releasehttp://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2007pres/03/20070323e.htmllast_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Case counts, vaccine progress, situation in northern Canada, Australia holding steady, traveler quarantine

first_imgGlobal H1N1 flu count closes in on 30,000The global number of novel H1N1 cases grew by 895 yesterday, reaching 29,669 from 74 countries, including 145 deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. Much of the increase was from new cases reported by Canada (532), Spain (131), Argentina (87), and Japan (31). No new countries appeared on the list, though media reports said today that Morocco has reported its first case, in a woman who had studied in Canada.[WHO update 48]US novel H1N1 cases near 18,000The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today that the nation’s count of novel flu cases has grown to 17,855, an increase of 4,638 from its last report on Jun 5. Deaths reported to the CDC over the past week rose by 18 to reach 45. Wisconsin, Texas, and Illinois have the most cases, while New York has reported the most fatalities (13).[Current CDC numbers]Novartis, CSL report vaccine progressNovartis announced today that it has produced its first batch of novel H1N1 vaccine for testing. The company said it completed the batch weeks ahead of schedule by using cell-culture technology. Its production facility is in Germany, with another under construction in North Carolina. Meanwhile, CSL, an Australian company, said yesterday it would have its first vaccine batches ready in mid August, using a seed strain it developed for an egg-based vaccine, Bloomberg News reported.[Jun 12 Novartis press release]Cases mount in northern CanadaH1N1 cases in northern Canada’s Nunavut territory increased by 47 to a total of 143 yesterday, according to CBC News. Significant outbreaks were reported in several communities in the western and central parts of the territory, but most of the patients have recovered or are recovering, the story said. Earlier this week the World Health Organization voiced concern about a disproportionate number of severe H1N1 cases in some groups of indigenous Canadian people, particularly in northern Manitoba.[Jun 11 CBC News report]Australia holds steady on alert levels following WHO moveAustralian Health Minister Nicola Roxon said Australia would not raise its pandemic alert levels in response to the WHO’s pandemic declaration yesterday, according to the Australian Associated Press (AAP). Most of the country is at the “contain” stage, but Victoria, which has 1,011 of the country’s 1,336 cases, is at the “sustain” level, the story said. Roxon said the authorities would continue to try to delay community spread in areas that still have few cases.[Jun 12 AAP report]Incoming air travelers quarantined in CairoA dozen arriving airline passengers in Cairo were quarantined after two 9-year-olds were found to be feverish, according to the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA). One of the children arrived in Egypt from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and the other arrived from Dubai. Authorities quarantined the two children and their families, said the airport’s quarantine director, Dr. Hasan Shaban. Meanwhile, classes at American University in Cairo, suspended this week after H1N1 cases were found, will resume next week.[Jun 12 KUNA report]last_img read more

Great news for Croatian tourism! Uniline opened an office in Seoul

first_imgExpanding its foreign markets in Asia systematically and in the long run, Uniline, Croatia’s largest tour operator, has opened, after Shanghai, its office in Seoul, South Korea.Uniline’s new office is located in a residential part of Seoul, about a kilometer and a half from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea and about two kilometers from the Dynasty Palace. “Uniline’s goal is for every tenth Korean to experience and get to know the beauties of Croatia and South-Eastern Europe in the long run. ” pointed out Robert Sedlar, executive sales director of the travel company Uniline. In order to achieve these goals, the company announces numerous marketing and sales activities in the Korean market, and for this purpose, negotiations are underway to open an air charter line between Seoul and Dubrovnik.According to the latest census, South Korea has over 51 million inhabitants, and in 2016 in Croatia there were about 380 thousand arrivals and 450 thousand overnight stays of Korean guests, which is 10% more than in 2015, or in the last 6 to 7 years increased by as much as 30 times. The scale and goal are set high, but luck accompanies the brave and persistent visionaries, so we should certainly praise Uniline’s efforts and proactivity in developing new markets, including a large market such as South Korea.Pictured: (left) Robert Sedlar, Sales Executive and (right) Kwang Hyun Kyle Kim, Head of Korean market Korean reality shows as an impetus to arrivals                                    The impetus for the arrival of Koreans in Croatia was the filming of a reality show ”The Romantic in Croatia” 2012, which encouraged numerous groups of young Koreans to go in search of love in several Croatian destinations. This was followed by the filming of the series “Noonas over Flowers” in which several famous Korean actresses travel to Croatia as backpackers. The series, which aired from late November 2013 to January 2014, soon became the most popular travel documentary in Korea. The next two reality shows were filmed in 2015.Related news: ROBERT SEDLAR, UNILINE: GREAT SUPPORT FOR THE INITIATIVE STARTED BY UNILINE BECAUSE SLAVONIA HAS A LOT TO OFFER AND SHOWlast_img read more

The first meeting of the Working Group for the drafting of the Law on Tourist Boards, Tourist Tax and Membership Fees was held

first_imgA major reform of tourist boards in Croatia is underway, as well as the way the CNTB works, which has been announced several times, and the first meeting of the Working Group for drafting the Law on Tourist Boards and Promoting Croatian Tourism, the Law on Residence Tax and Amendments to the Law has been held. on membership fees in tourist boards was held at the Ministry of Tourism on October 17, where Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli participated as coordinator.Minister of Tourism Gary Cappell-i announced that tourist boards must deal more effectively with the promotion and management of destinations, and that is why preparations are underway to amend the Law on Tourist Boards, which is planned to be completed by the end of the year. “The direction of drafting this law is in the direction of remaining county tourist boards, but that they must strengthen their knowledge in promotion, branding, marketing and PR. We also want to reform the Main Office of the Croatian National Tourist Board, from which we expect greater engagement in the promotion of the country in certain markets, but with full control over the efficiency of every kuna spent in the process. Given the rapidly changing trends of supply and demand, access to markets and the concept of promotion, it is necessary to be more up-to-date and faster to adapt to new challenges. Our goal is to reform the entire system of tourist boards and representative offices in the world in a way that they are more efficient, proactive and ultimately more competitive, which is a prerequisite for the continued growth of Croatian tourism. ” Cappelli points out and concludes that we need stronger promotion of special products, but also much better promotion of the continent.The working group for drafting laws in tourism consists of members and stakeholders from different segments of the tourism system in Croatia.You can see the list of members below:Ivan Arambašić (Davorin Purgarić, replacement member), Croatian National Tourist BoardMartina Bienenfeld (Luka Benko, replacement member), Zagreb Tourist BoardVladimir Bakić, Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board (Joško Stella, Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, replacement member)Denis Ivošević (Ana Pibernik, replacement member), Istria County Tourist BoardRujana Bušić Srpak, Vukovar-Srijem County Tourist Board (Antonio Sobol, Osijek-Baranja County Tourist Board, replacement member)Rudi Grula, Međimurje County Tourist Board (Ksenija Tomić, Krapina-Zagorje County Tourist Board, replacement member)Krunoslav Kapetanović (Šime Klarić, replacement member), National Association of Family and Small HotelsNada Prodan Mraković (Marlena Floigl, replacement member), Croatian Association of CountiesToni Mateša (Helena Mesarić, replacement member), Association of CitiesMartin Baričević (Franjo Bukal, replacement member), Association of MunicipalitiesRonald Korotaj (Iva Bahunek, replacement member), Croatian Hotel Employers AssociationTomislav Fain (Ivana Maltar, replacement member), Association of Croatian Travel AgenciesTihomir Nikolaš (Adriano Palman, replacement member), Croatian Camping AssociationNenad Šepak (Krešimir Tomić, replacement member), Croatian Chamber of CraftsTomislav Popović (Željko Kukurin, replacement member), Croatian Employers’ AssociationAntonia Urlić (Nenad Nizić, replacement member), Croatian Chamber of CommerceDanijela Čavlović (Lana Petrović, replacement member), Croatian Chamber of Commerce-Family Accommodation AssociationDragan Magaš, Faculty of Management in Tourism and Hospitality – OpatijaIvan Herak, Faculty of Economics – OsijekKatarina Miličević, Institute of TourismSinisa Topalovic, Horwath HTLĐurđica Šimičić, Jadranka ddSnježana Brzica, Assistant Minister, Ministry of TourismTonči Glavina, State Secretary, Ministry of TourismGari Cappelli, Minister of Tourism, Coordinator of the Working Group.In accordance with the Tourism Development Strategy until 2020, the Implementation of the Tourism Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia until 2020 presupposes an efficient system of destination management at the local and regional level and coordination of national tourism policy with the development of destination products. Ensuring that the tourist system takes on the role of destination management, it is necessary to redefine the tasks and responsibilities of regional and local tourist boards, while respecting the principle of financial 82 self-sufficiency.The rationalization of the system implies the application of the principles of spatial-functional and production integrity, whereby the tourist communities will gradually take over the function of complete destination management organizations (DMO). This includes their appropriate staffing and education and training for destination development management, which especially refers to the tasks of strengthening the competitiveness of the destination and the ability to coordinate and harmonize the often conflicting interests of stakeholders in the destination.Attachment: Tourism Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia until 2020last_img read more

Tourist activity of population of Republic of Croatia in 2016

first_imgIn 2016, at least one private multi-day trip was 1.6 million people or 44.0% of the population of Croatia aged 15 and over, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).A total of 3.8 million of private trips were realized, of which 2.5 million (67.8%) were realized in Croatia and 1.2 million (32.2%) were realized abroad. The most common international destinations were Bosnia and Herzegovina (21.5% trips), Italy (13.7%), Germany (12.0%), Austria (11.3%) and Slovenia (9.1%).The most common reasons for going on a private trip with overnigh stays were visiting relatives and friends (1.2 million trips or 32.7%) and seaside vacation (1.1 million trips or 28.3%).The largest number of nights was realized in non-commercial AccommodationThe population of the Republic of Croatia realized a total of 23.1 million nights on trips with overnight stays, of which 16.8 million (72.8%) were realized in Croatia, while 6.3 million (27.2%) were realized abroad. An average of 6.1 nights were realized on a single trip. An average of 6.6 nights were realized on trips in Croatia, while for trips abroad the average amounted to 5.2 nights.By type of accommodation, the largest number of nights was realized in non-commercial accommodation establishments (16.5 million nights or 71.5%), of which 8.6 million nights were realized in non-commercial accommodation establishments owned by relatives and friends and 7.3 million nights were realized in own vacation homes (second homes).Average travel expenses amounted to HRK 1The total expenditure on private trips with overnight stays amounted to 6.5 billion kuna, of which 3.1 billion (48.8%) were spent in Croatia, while 3.3 billion (51.2%) were spent abroad. Average travel expenses amounted to HRK 1.In 2016, 56% of the population of the Republic of Croatia did not go on a trip, usually due to financial reasonsOut of the total population of the Republic of Croatia aged 15 and over, 2.0 million or 56.0% of them did not go on a private trip with overnight stays in 2016. The most common reasons for not going on private trips with overnight stays (multiple answers possible) were the lack of finances (61.6%), health reasons (24.3%) and lack of free time due to family obligations (15.9%).More business / professional trips were realized abroadThere were 318 thousand persons or 8.8% of the total population of the Republic of Croatia aged 15 and over in 2016 that went on at least one business / professional trip with overnight stays. A total of 784 thousand business / professional trips were realized, of which 380 thousand (48.5%) in the Republic of Croatia and 403 thousand (51.5%) abroad.Almost 7 million same-day visits were realizedIn 2016, the population of the Republic of Croatia aged 15 and over realized 6.8 million same-day visits, out of which 6.1 million (88.8%) were for private and 765 thousand (11.2%) were for business / professional purposes.For the first time in Croatia, 100 million overnight stays were realizedCroatian tourism has achieved historic tourism results this weekend.The long-awaited and anticipated record of 100 million overnights has been recorded for the first time in Croatia’s eVisitor system, which includes tourist traffic realized in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter (eCrew system).So, in the period from 1 January to 29 October. According to the first data, in Croatia, 17.8 million arrivals and 100.1 million nights spent in Croatia. This is an increase of 13 percent in arrivals and 12 percent in nights. The largest number of overnight stays were made from Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Poland and the Czech Republic, and most of the overnight stays were realized in Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Poreč, Medulin and Umag. Analyzing traffic by type of accommodation, in the mentioned period most of the overnight stays were realized in household facilities (about 35 million), hotels (around 24 million) and camps (around 19 million).last_img read more

A new contact zone has been adopted, a draft of the Dubrovnik Walls Management Plan by the end of the year

first_imgAt the UNESCO session held in Manama, Bahrain, from June 24 to July 4, 2018, the World Heritage Committee adopted the extension of the contact zone proposed by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia.In accordance with the new guidelines, the decisions of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee on the state of conservation of Dubrovnik’s historic core were presented in Dubrovnik. A so-called buffer zone has been designated, in which all planned projects will have to be developed and a heritage impact study. The UNESCO mission emphasized that the guidelines and levels of protection should be revised through the buffer zone, which should be defined by the study of the impact on the cultural property, ie the HIA.”The recommendation of the UNESCO monitoring mission after the visit to Dubrovnik in November 2015, during which the possible expansion of the contact zone was discussed, was to cover a wider area and the original boundaries of coverage were indeed quite wide. “, said Assistant Minister of Culture of the Republic of Croatia Davor Trupković and added “Through a series of studies and analyzes, we have defined this zone, which deals with the visual impact on the city’s views, it has been reduced almost four times compared to the original proposal, which included even Mokošica. “Trupković said that the adoption of the new contact zone does not mean that it will not be possible to build in that area, ie that the reconstruction of existing buildings will not be allowed according to the valid spatial planning documentation. .He also said that complete 3D documentation of the walls will be made to remove all inappropriate restoration interventions from the 50s and 60s of the last century that are not in line with today’s conservative propositions. He also referred to the issue of the number of cruisers and the number of visitors, which was also discussed in Bahrain, saying that the Ministry of Culture informed the Committee that the Tourism Development Strategy and provisions in cruise tourism in the city of Dubrovnik have been completed and adopted by the City Council the 42nd session of the Committee itself.The Deputy Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Jelka Tepšić, on the recommendation of the Committee for the most urgent development of the Historic Core Management Plan, stated that the Draft Plan will be completed and presented by the end of 2018.The new buffer zone should help preserve the visual identity and control, while the conservation plan would prescribe clear measures for all investors. That UNESCO’s measures should be taken seriously is also confirmed by the example of Vienna, which, due to unplanned construction, was put on the list of endangered cultural assets by UNESCO, which is a big blow for one of the world’s capitals.You can read the report of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia from the session of the Committee in Bahrain HERE.Attachment: 42nd session of the World Heritage CommitteeSource: HRT / City of Dubrovniklast_img read more

Generation Z regrets the missed opportunities the most

first_imgA survey by Booking.com reveals that a staggering 84% of Croatian travelers regret missed opportunities. Global leader in connecting travelers with the widest selection of amazing accommodation facilities, in cooperation with the company province, the fastest offline translation device, conducted a survey on a sample of 20.500 global travelers, including travelers from Croatia, to find that the most frequently missed opportunities for travelers from Croatia include the following: not traveling often enough (74%), not traveling anymore in youth (48%), did not go on more long trips (41%), did not travel to more distant and remote destinations (38%), did not explore more in visited countries (32%) and did not have more adventures on trips (32%).Generation Z regrets the most, with more than a third of Croatian passengers in this group believing that it was not adventurous enough to travel (39%) and three out of 10 (39%) regretting not traveling to more distant destinations. Also, it’s no surprise that 41% of passengers Selfie generations from Croatia (18 to 24 years old) upset because they don’t take enough photos on the trip. This percentage is 34% for all respondents from Croatia in total.Despite the feeling of regret that stems mainly from seemingly insurmountable obstacles to language, costs, directions and safety in the unknown, five out of eight (62%) travelers from Croatia overcame their fears of traveling to a new destination and still decided to travel. Millennials from Croatia are best prepared to face obstacles that prevent them from traveling with two thirds (66%) of passengers who have overcome what worries them. This has a positive effect because it encouraged 48% of travelers from Croatia to travel more in the future, 61% gained more self-confidence in life, and 43% a sense of personal fulfillment. The trip strengthens existing and creates new friendly relations – almost a third (33%) of passengers from Croatia became close to their families, and two out of five (41%) passengers from Croatia made long-term friendships while they were on vacation.When it comes to travel, almost three-quarters (71%) of global travelers lament missed opportunities, rising to 82% among Generation Z (18-24)Six out of seven passengers from Croatia complain about missed travel opportunities (84%)Travel can change the lives of all generations because 15% of travelers from Croatia say that they found their purpose or passion on the trip, 17% overcame great fear and 13% learned a new languageMore than two thirds of travelers from Croatia (69%) went on holiday to make significant life changes, and this percentage rises to 76% among people between 18 and 24 years of age. 15% of travelers from Croatia say they have found their purpose or passion in life, 17% have overcome great fear, and 15% have learned a new language. Travel can be beneficial for both physical and mental health – 69% of travelers from Croatia stated that the trip had a positive effect on their mental health, and 35% of them decided to improve their physical health.last_img read more

The Olympia and Olympia Sky complexes are opening their doors

first_imgAs we know, the Government of the Republic of Croatia has made a decision that in the third phase of easing the measures (May 11), the operation of catering facilities in accommodation facilities will be allowed, but only for accommodation users. Formally, hotels have not been banned so far, but of course in a situation where tourism has stopped and everyone is in self-isolation, it is logical that hotels are closed because they have no one to be open to. One part of the hotel is being prepared and plans to reopen. Although it is not yet known when the borders will open, the hotels will be ready. And so is the Olympia and Olympia Sky hotel complex, which opens its doors on May 11, 2020, with the implementation of all recommended measures. “As soon as the Government gives the green light to open, we are ready! Since the beginning of the pandemic, our entire team is in operation and we are preparing for the opening. We have established a crisis team that monitors decisions and special measures, so we are adapting to that. Our guests will feel safe! ” says the hotel manager Darko Bastić and adds that even in these new times that no one hoped for, the hotel’s mission is to provide every guest with the best possible service and an unforgettable vacation.  “Due to the crisis, we have provided our guests with flexible booking cancellation conditions, we have created a new website, we are in constant contact with our guests. We regularly receive messages about holiday memories from our hotel and inquiries about our plans. When we posted the notice of the reopening of the hotel, messages were just arriving! It was very important for us to keep in touch with our guests, and I think we succeeded in that, because in June, despite everything, we have booked 6.000 overnight stays ”Concludes Bastić. Although the decisions and recommendations of the General Staff for the tourism sector are still pending, regarding the functioning of catering facilities and accommodation facilities (they will know everything exactly next week), everyone hopes that they will not be too complicated and that the facilities will be able to adapt quickly.center_img It is unusual to walk through the empty corridor of the hotel, but we try and get the best out of everything, Bastić points out and emphasizes that their primary goal was to protect as many jobs as possible, and to be ready to return to normal. “In recent months, we have refreshed the hotel, worked on a large scale, prepared and tried new gastronomic delights. We are known to have placed an important emphasis on domestic products from the very beginning of our business, which in this crisis has additionally proved to be a smart decision. Borders can be closed, but it will always be possible to find quality food with us because we procure everything from our local producers and fishermen who just give a point on every dish.” When asked about the interest from foreign markets, Bastić points out that they were in constant contact with all partners, and when they were informed about the opening of the hotel, that the reactions were more than positive. And this is proved by the fact that they have a confirmation of over 6.000 overnight stays for June. No one wants to go on vacation and feel like they have wandered into a hospital or pharmacy, so accordingly the hotel complex Olympia and Olympia Sky will work with 50% of the accommodation capacity to be able to provide each guest with maximum comfort with the prescribed measures. last_img read more

In the Special Hospital Sv. Katarina available rapid testing on COVID19. Results ready within 15 to 30 minutes!

first_imgWhat is crucial and game changer, especially for the entire tourism sector, is that test results are obtained within 15 to 30 minutes. Due to the high pressure on the entire health system, rapid testing that gives results in 30 minutes or less, depending on the amount of simultaneous tests and the number of professional staff, will certainly improve the overall situation and the pressure on health facilities. “We are aware that governments and health systems are under great pressure to increase the ability to test SARS-CoV-2 to effectively manage the spread of the virus. The high-volume antigen test is a valuable addition to the portfolio to help diagnose SARS-CoV-2 infection. The ability to quickly and correctly determine if someone has a SARS-CoV-2 infection is crucial to inform patient management decisions and to combat the spread of COVID-19. Roche remains committed to supporting governments, healthcare professionals and patients in the fight against this pandemic with the help of our diagnostic solutions Said Thomas Schinecker, CEO of Roche Diagnostics. “We are also given access to the National Database so that in case of a positive test, we can enter all positive people on SARS-CoV-2 in the database”Emphasizes Jadranka Primorac. By the way, this is a product of the pharmaceutical company Roche, The Elecsys® SARS-CoV-2 Antigen test, which according to official information from the Roche site, a highly accurate laboratory immunoassay for in vitro qualitative detection of the nucleocapsid antigen SARS-CoV-2. As I wrote in the analysis of global air traffic activation, they are needed three key prerequisites: Standardization of security protocols in airports and airlines, fast testing, ie fast obtaining of test results, and contactless thermal camera technology capable of automatically screening a large number of passengers. Photo: Sv. Catherine When we talk about the tourism sector, fast testing is certainly suitable for zračne luke, as well as for everyone passengers who want to be tested quickly and have a negative test, which is an obligation to enter most countries. The SARS-CoV-2 antigen test is an extremely valuable diagnostic test with high specificity (99.68%) and enters the family of tests that are performed in direct contact with the patient and for which results are obtained shortly after testing (Point of care tests). ). “Rapid testing has also been done for this purpose, for emergency diagnosis and triage to relieve the entire health system, it is also suitable for people who have been in contact with an infected person or have clinical symptoms. It is a test by the pharmaceutical company Roche that put the test on the market at the end of 9 months”, He points out Jadranka Primorac, dipl. oec., member of the Management Board of the Special Hospital Sv. Katarina adds that testing is also good for quickly testing tourists right at airports. Price testing is 350 kuna, and Primorac adds that rapid testing for Covid19 is done at their place in the Special Hospital Sv. Katarina in Zagreb, in a separate unit, in accordance with all security protocols.center_img Jadranka Primorac, St. Catherine’s Special Hospital: Rapid testing was done with the aim of relieving the entire health system Rapid testing is a major challenge for the global recovery of tourism, as well as one of the three key elements for air traffic activation. / / / ACTIVATION OF AIR TRAFFIC IS KEY TO THE RECOVERY OF TOURISM, AND FOR THIS THERE ARE THREE PREREQUISITES Photo cover: Polina Tankilevitch, Pexels.com, Sv. Katarina / Illustration: HrTurizam.hr Special Hospital Sv. Katarina was the first in Croatia to make it possible on the market quick test to test on Covid19, which gives results for 15 to 30 minutes. The St. Catherine’s Polyclinic points out that the prices of the tests are 350 kuna, and for all inquiries about the tests you can contact them. HERE Regarding the standardization of security protocols as well as the introduction of contactless thermal camera technology at airports, final negotiations are already underway under the leadership of International Air Transport Association (IATA)) and it is a matter of months, if not weeks, when they will be agreed. On the other hand, a couple of global companies from the USA and Israel have also released quick tests for testing on Covid19, and now Roche has joined them. What is certain is that in the coming months, rapid testing will be made possible globally, which is important for the activation of the tourism sector. The Elecsys SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Immunoassay works on all immunochemical analyzers that are widely available worldwide. These fully automated systems can provide test results in about 18 minutes for a single test (excluding sample collection, transport, and preparation time), with a throughput of up to 300 tests per hour from a single analyzer. The aforementioned laboratory-automated antigen test allows for reduced costs and errors due to the removal of manual handling, as well as fast turning and high throughput, according to official Roche information. last_img read more