A/H1N1 flu spreads in Switzerland, vaccine available

Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Switzerland confirmed 2,423 new cases of swine flu in the week ending 21 November, the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) announced Friday 27 November, bringing the total to 6,691 since the outbreak began. The pandemic has already claimed four deaths in Switzerland, all from high risk patients. FOPH estimates that […]

Second A/H1N1 death in Switzerland

Zurich, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Switzerland’s second death from A/H1N1 flu has taken place just a week after the first, but doctors point out that the patient, a woman over 50 with diabetes, could well have died if she contracted regular flu. TSR quotes the head of public health in Zurich as saying that in a […]

Baby in Basel first swine flu death in Switzerland


Basel, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – A small baby who died last week is Switzerland’s first death related to the A/H1N1 flu, authorities in canton Basel Land have confirmed. No details about the child or the exact cause of death have been released. The federal health department says the flu is now growing more rapidly, exponentially, with […]

Most Swiss will not be getting vaccinated: poll

Zurich, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – A vast majority of Swiss are not interested in getting a swine flu (A/H1N1) vaccination, when the campaign starts in two weeks time, according to a survey by pollster Isopublic conducted late last week, and published 1 November. Of 606 people around Switzerland surveyed, 86.4 percent of the representative sample said […]

Switzerland buys 13 million doses of A/H1N1 vaccine

Flu virus © 2009 Novartis AG

Update 19.09 Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Switzerland joins other major industrialized nations in reserving 10 percent of the vaccines for donation to poorer countries, under the auspices of the World Health Organization, an initiative proposed by US President Barack Obama, the Swiss government announced. The Swiss government has bought 13 million doses of swine flu […]

Colombia’s Uribe has swine flu after summit

The leaders of the world are not being spared swine flu: Alvaro Uribe, president of Colombia, has been diagnosed with swine flu after attending a meeting of the Union of South American Nations in Argentina last week. BBC

Travel blues for Kuoni in first six months 2009

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Zurich, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Switzerland’s largest travel agent, Kuoni, said it lost CHF51 million in the first six months of 2009, against revenues of CHF26m in the same period of 2008. The global financial crisis, the economic downturn, the negative effects of currency fluctuations, and the incipient swine flu epidemic all contributed to a difficult […]

Doctor infects 12 people with swine flu at Lausanne hospital

Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – A doctor who works in the maternity ward at the Cantonal University Hospital (Chuv) in Lausanne, just back from holidays abroad, infected 2 patients and 10 co-workers with A/H1N1 flu when he went to work despite feeling poorly. He contracted the flu on holiday, and went back to work 31 July. […]

Former Irish Taoiseach FitzGerald isolated on flu suspicions in Lyons

Lyons, France (GenevaLunch) – Ireland’s former Taoiseach (prime minister) Garrett FitzGerald, 83, and a group of 20 people, mainly family, staying with him at a chateau in Auvergne, France, have been quarantined as a precaution after several members of the party showed symptoms of  flu, reports AFP. The symptoms are reportedly mild and only one […]

Novartis announces start to clinical trials with A/H1N1 vaccine on humans

Viral Flu, © 2009 Novartis AG

Basel and Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Swiss drugs maker Novartis said 5 August it had begun trials of a swine flu vaccine on humans in Germany, the US  and the UK. If the trials are successful, the vaccine could be approved by regulators using a fast-track approvals process in Europe and the US. Large-scale production […]