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by Euro Reporter
2013-05-17 11:13:22
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Whooping cough incidence on the rise in Czech Republic

The incidence of whooping cough has been rising in the Czech Republic where 738 cases were registered in 2012, which is twice more than in 2011, and this is why experts recommend vaccination, epidemiologist Katerina Fabianova told CTK Thursday. This year's numbers indicate that the incidence will be even higher. Babies under six months are the most threatened group since they are not fully vaccinated against whooping cough yet. Since 2005 four babies under four months have died of whooping cough in the Czech Republic. They got infected from the adults who were looking after them. "The best prevention is to vaccinate adults who are looking after children day-long - parents, grandmothers and grandfathers as well as health care personnel in maternity hospitals," Fabianova said.

Last year, the Prague-Podoli maternity hospital started vaccinating its personnel against whooping cough and it paid the vaccine. Then the hospital called on the newborn babies' mothers and their families to be vaccinated. The campaign continues this year, hospital director Jaroslav Feyereisl told CTK. Other maternity hospitals are also interested in the preventive project. Health insurance companies cover the vaccine for children, while adults must pay 850 crowns for it. Since last October, the employer's health insurance company has covered the vaccine for mothers, fathers, grand-parents and nannies looking after children. Whooping cough (pertussis) is a highly contagious disease caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. Dozens of thousands of people, mainly children, died in epidemics of whooping cough in Europe in the past.

The compulsory vaccination against whooping cough was introduced in the Czech Republic, respectively the then Czechoslovakia, in 1958. Since then the incidence of this illness has considerably declined. According to the vaccine producer, the immunity after the vaccination lasts for three to five years. Babies receive the first dose in the third month, then in the fourth and fifth months and the fourth dose is administered in the 18th month. They are revaccinated at the age of five and ten. Another vaccine is recommended after they turn 18 and then for the elderly over 65 years.

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Czech Republic forced to remind the internet that Chechnya is in different country after Boston bombing

“War,” Ambrose Bierce said, “is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.” But despite all the lessons learned during the long-running “war on terror,” Americans could probably use a little more instruction. The Czech embassy issued a statement following the attacks to clarify that the two Boston bombing suspects actually traced their roots to Chechnya, not the Czech Republic, after waves of anti-Czech rhetoric swamped social media. Expletive-filled postings on Twitter and Facebook were common, along with milder comments such as “So the Boston bombers were 19-year-old Russians of Czech descent … Why lord?” and “The guys that bombed Boston were Czech. What is it 1980?”

So much vitriolic anti-Czech sentiment was aired online that one Tumblr user compiled a “shame list” of erroneous hateful comments. And it was not only social-media users getting confused; a former CIA agent commenting on the manhunt for CNN also got the two territories mixed up live on air. Petr Gandalovic, the Czech Republic’s ambassador to the U.S., was naturally keen to clear up the confusion. “As more information on the origin of the alleged perpetrators is coming to light, I am concerned to note in the social media a most unfortunate misunderstanding in this respect,” he said in a statement. “The Czech Republic and Chechnya are two very different entities — the Czech Republic is a Central European country; Chechnya is a part of the Russian Federation.”

Embarrassed Twitter users have been quick to delete posts as their folly was uncovered. And spoof media site The Daily Currant even produced its own satirical report of a Fox News interview in which former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin insists that invading the Czech Republic is the only course of action open to the U.S. To clarify, Chechens are an ethnic group occupying a small territory in Russia’s North Caucasus region, sandwiched between the Black and Caspian seas and around 1,600 km south of Moscow. The population of 1.2 million is overwhelmingly Muslim and three civil wars have been waged by separatist rebels over the past two decades. Chechen groups have also claimed responsibility for several terrorist attacks in Moscow in recent years. The Czech Republic is one of two countries formed when Czechoslovakia split in 1993 — the other being Slovakia — and has been a member of the E.U. since 2004. Formerly part of the Soviet bloc, Czechs are one of the least religious peoples in the world; the largest organized faith, Roman Catholicism, is followed by just 10% of the population. Chechnya and the Czech Republic are about 3,200 km apart.

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Drunken Czech president blames illness for stumbling during event

New Czech Republic President Milos Zeman has insisted he was not drunk when he stumbled, tripped and slurred his way through an official event. Zeman was seen bumbling, stumbling and being helped by a cardinal at a public display of the Czech crown jewels last week. After the incidence, the new president said he was simply suffering from a virus and needed a day of rest.

According to the report, the video has sparked a storm of jokes and rebuttals on YouTube and various social media sites about the well-known chain smoker and drinker who once praised Winston Churchill for his love of whiskey. One person posted a picture of themselves getting drunk with the slogan: "Here I am getting a virus" while another YouTube commentator labelled it 'embarrassing'.

In the footage Zeman was seen struggling to keep his eyes open and as he looked over the jewels he leaned heavily over the altar at Prague Castle's St Vitus Cathedral where they are on display, the report added

 


         
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