Special Report: World Tackles Swine Flu
TIRANA, April 29 (Xinhua) -- Two Macedonian senior officials returning from the United States have received health monitoring for the swine flu virus, news reports from Skopje said Wednesday.
Macedonia's Vice Premier Zoran Stavreski and Finance Minister Trajko Slaveski were subjecd to swine-flu control at Skopje Airport upon their arrival Tuesday from the United States, where they attended the IMF/World Bank spring meetings.
"The medical team has given us a certificate, which says that we are coming from an area susceptible to the disease and should be subjected to health monitoring in the next 10 days," Stavreski said.
Macedonia has taken protective measures, including airport screening and a ban on live pig imports, to prevent the spread of the swine flu virus into the western Balkan country.
The World Health Organisation has raised the alert level from phase 3 to phase 4, which means the flu can cause sustained human-to-human transmissions of a virus and can cause community-level outbreaks.