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.

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.

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.