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Post by Carpe Diem » Thu, 20 Oct 2005 9:13 am

You are most welcome and thanks for the compliments. :oops:

Where in South of France?

Housing? There are a lot of people asking the same question. It's very difficult to answer, a bit like if you asked me to gamble your money on a horse...

As other people explained, you have to take into account different factors:
- where will be your working place
- where will be the school for your kids
(these 2 are even more important if you don't get a car of course)
- do you want to live in a house, or apartment
- do you want to be close to "downtown" or not
- and may be check if your budget matches with your wishes...

If you have the possibility to get a Serviced Apartment or stay in a hotel first, you will be able to go around and see what you like and don't like.

May be if you answer the questions above, I (and others) will be able to give you some advices... by the way why don't you start another thread, we are getting a bit away from the topic here!

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bird flu protection ?

Post by druv » Wed, 26 Oct 2005 3:35 pm

hi guys,

have been seeing this bird flu news everywhere....... Its all over but we need to take flu shots to stay protected.. The ones which are commonly known are tamiflu and relenza. These drugs ar neuramadise inhibitors basically preventing the virus from attacking and spreading.. right ?!!

anyways , I have stocked myself with tamiflu which I obtained from http://www.drugdelivery.ca/s4632-s-TAMIFLU.aspx...

I guess the drugs are fast depleting..... please get a hold on them immediately in case you run the risk of getting infected. !! :shock:

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Post by Carpe Diem » Wed, 26 Oct 2005 3:42 pm

Tuesday October 25, 6:17 PM
Public urged not to stock up on anti-viral drugs

The Health Ministry is urging the public not to stock up on anti-viral drugs such as Tamiflu and Relenza.
That's because such drugs could be less effective at treating bird flu if they are used indiscriminately now.

Singapore is among many countries around the world stockpiling anti-viral drugs in case the bird flu virus mutates and spreads through humans.

But if the public uses the drugs indiscriminately, the virus could develop resistance leaving no treatment for a flu pandemic.

The Health Ministry says it is not necessary for people travelling to countries with bird flu outbreaks to stock up on the anti-viral drugs, because human infections are still rare at this time.

Cases of bird flu have been discovered in poultry in Asian countries such as Indonesia and China, as well as Turkey, Greece and Russia in Europe.

The advice for travellers is to avoid contact with poultry and wild birds, and to stay away from farms and markets selling live birds.

Poultry and eggs should also be thoroughly cooked before they are eaten, so there's no blood in the meat, and egg yolks are solid.

Singapore began preparing for a flu pandemic earlier this year and has a colour-coded warning system in place.

At present, it's on green alert because the disease is overseas and limited to birds and some humans who were in close contact with them.

For now, the government is monitoring the bird flu situation.

If the outbreak worsens and human-to-human transmission occurs overseas or in Singapore, the colour will darken and measures will become more stringent.

At certain stages, these would include precautions taken during SARS such as daily temperature screening in schools and monitoring at airports.

At the black level, infection and death rates from flu would be exceedingly high and emergency measures such as curfews would be necessary to bring the outbreak under control.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry is also urging people to go for flu vaccinations as the seasonal flu outbreak approaches in the Northern Hemisphere.

It recommends jabs for people aged 65 years and older as well as patients with chronic heart and lung diseases, diabetes or renal disease.

Pregnant women in their second or third trimester are also encouraged to get vaccinated.

Those travelling to colder climates are advised to obtain the latest flu vaccine at least one to two weeks before departure. - CNA/ir

Source: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/051025/5/singapore175224.html
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Post by kk_lass » Thu, 27 Oct 2005 2:44 am

There is this kind of double protection...
which is the best i guess..
First protection: Kill bacteria in ur surrounding..
Second protection: build up ur immunity system

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Post by hammer » Sat, 29 Oct 2005 6:41 pm

Bird Flu? Dont make me laugh. Not sure what all the fuss is about, everyone knows that a man's cold is much worse than a woman's. If my bird gets sick she just has to get on with it. :wink:

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Post by Dunk » Tue, 08 Nov 2005 11:15 am

I've never had flu in my life so I'm not sure why I would get it now? Excuse my ignorance but is bird flu going to be much more contageous than regular flu? I lived in the UK most of my life where flu usually occurs during the winter months but most people I knew didnt get it - usually just a bad cold.

Is everyone over reacting?! SARS was deemed by some scaremongers at the time to be a huge threat but it wasnt due to efficeint containment.

I know one family in Singapore who are stockpiling non-perishable goods on a boat and when / if bird flu sneezes into Singapore they are setting sail and sitting in the sea to wait it out!!! Bonkers? :-#

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Post by kk_lass » Tue, 08 Nov 2005 12:07 pm

Bird flu toll in Vietname reaches 42
Posted: 8-Nov-2005 09:09hrs
www.todayonline.com

A 42nd person has died of bird flu in Vietnam, the health ministry said Tuesday, adding that the man was from the capital Hanoi. - AFP

Now u tell me.. if Bird Flu a big thing?!?!? :shock: :???:
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Post by Dunk » Tue, 08 Nov 2005 1:18 pm

Er...yes bird flu is a bad thing! Who doesnt think it is?!

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Post by kk_lass » Tue, 08 Nov 2005 3:43 pm

MM: Bird flu can cost S’pore dearly
Date: 8-Nov-2005
www.todayonline.com

EXPRESSING his concern for the bird flu spread, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew has warned Singaporeans not to take it lightly. Singapore, he said, will pay a high economic price if the outbreak worsens in the region, or worse, enters Singapore.

Stressing that the current global situation is “not just scaremongering in the newspapers or on television”
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Post by Vaucluse » Wed, 09 Nov 2005 10:18 am

CD, what relevance is there for pregnant woment to get vaccinated (as per your article)? Do we even know what to get vaccinated for? Is not most of this a whole lot of hype?
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Post by Splatted » Fri, 11 Nov 2005 5:34 am

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Post by kk_lass » Fri, 11 Nov 2005 11:19 am

Splatted wrote:
Carpe Diem wrote: The Health Ministry is urging the public not to stock up on anti-viral drugs such as Tamiflu and Relenza.
I wouldn't buy Tamiflu or Relenza even if stocks were abundant. Neither will prevent a person catching an ordinary flu, and for those that have caught an ordinary flu, they only reduce the duration of the infection from 6 days down to 5 days,.. 4 if you're lucky. What good will they be for the bird flu?

To put it simply, they're the best out of a very poor lot of medications available, and quite expensive - Tamiflu sells for $50 a box in Australia.
I agree ..
There are much effective and efficient and affordable and worthy alternatives out there.. :wink:
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