Information from WHO (the World Health Organisation) and the Spanish Ministry of Health on the current state of influenza in the country, and the risk of pandemics…
Various strains of influenza spread rapidly and can cause concerns of a pandemic. In the past the A/H1N1 “swine flu” virus has caused concern worldwide; the H5N1 “bird flu” virus has also caused trouble by spreading rapidly through livestock.
Information is always readily available in the media (print news and TV) and from government organisations.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) monitors health issues within the United Nations country and is responsible for coordinating the global response to human cases of influenza and the risk of pandemics.
- For general information on influenza from WHO
- Information on A/H1N1 Swine Influenza
- Information on H5N1 Avian Influenza
Swine Flu: Information for Spain
Swine flu is a virulent flu virus. Its mortality rate remains very low and vaccines have been developed. The Spanish Health Ministry (Ministerio de Sanidad y Política Social) has published guidelines (in Spanish).
- Detailed, up-to-date information on a number of topics concerning influenza in Spain
Avian Flu: Information for Spain
The risk to humans is believed to be relatively low provided live animal markets, poultry farms and other places with close contact with domestic, caged or wild birds are avoided. Ensure poultry and egg dishes are thoroughly cooked.
- Gripe Avair is the official Spanish Avian flu site (in Spanish)
- The Spanish ministry of Health outlines its plans for an avian flu pandemic (in Spanish)
- The Spanish Ministry for the Environment has news and updates, sometimes in English
Bird flu, general information
- An in-depth analysis of the spread of bird flu and answers to many common questions from the BBC
Official Consular Information – Pandemics Affecting Humans
Consulates provide information for their nationals in the possible event of pandemic influenza.
- Latest information from the British Consulate in Spain
- Travel advice on Spain from the British Government
- A guide for Australians living or travelling overseas
- Government information for travellers from the US
- Travel reports for Canadians