Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Web Conferencing Urged For Swine Flu Prevention and Assistance

The VIACK Corporation is leading the way for business alternatives, product scholarships, and research donations

04.27.2009 – A new declaration of emergency in Mexico has reinforced the urgency of the recent outbreaks of Swine Flu. Mexico City has closed its schools for 10 days, directly mapping to the exposure and incubation period of the Swine Flu. In the United States, US public health and other leading officials and departments have announced further reports of swine flu threats appearing internationally. There are new US warnings for international travel, with possible travel restrictions to be enforced. The EU has gone so far as to warn European travelers to postpone or cancel trips to the United States, for fear of “wide spreading” the disease any further.

With cases and victims appearing internationally, a pandemic is a clear concern and travel restrictions are no doubt a needed preventive measure. Travel bans and strict quarantine restrictions on travelers are once again pushed to the forefront, with the World Health Organization (WHO) expected to deliver a decision on the pandemic alert level on Tuesday.

With the abrupt stop in travel, organizations are scrambling to find suitable substitutes for face-to-face business travel to ensure continuity of operations. The best alternative for any company wanting to replace their travel benefits is Web Conferencing, or “Tele-working.” The VIACK Corporation (www.viack.com) is trying to address this problem head on by offering a 25% discount to any business, individual worker, medical professional, or impacted family member who purchases VIA3 in 2009. Purchasers can use the code “fluworker25” at checkout to receive this benefit.

“The recent news surrounding the Swine Flu epidemic has quickly pushed the application of Web Conferencing to the forefront,” said Neil Woodruff, VIACK CEO. “Businesses and educational institutions need to find ways to fill the productivity gap caused by travel reductions. Basically they need to receive the same meeting, presentation, and collaboration benefits from a virtual experience that they would have gotten face-to-face.”

In addition, the VIACK Corporation is now offering free lifetime service of VIA3 to any hardship cases that occur within families impacted by the Swine Flu, and also plans to donate a portion of VIA3 revenue to Swine Flu research, and victims of Swine Flu.

About VIACK Corporation:

VIACK leverages the Internet to provide services that allow corporate professionals, business professionals and consumers to collaborate on-line in new ways while retaining the same comfort, privacy and security they would have by meeting face-to-face.

NATIONAL UPDATE:

A 22-month-old boy has died in Houston from swine flu as the outbreak continues to expand in the U.S. and abroad, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports today. This is not the first time swine strains of influenza have claimed lives in the U.S., but previous cases appear to have occurred primarily in people exposed to sick pigs. The total number of confirmed human cases of the new swine flu strain in the U.S. has now reached 91, according to the CDC Web site: 51 in New York City, 14 in California, one in Arizona, one in Indiana, two in Kansas, two in Massachusetts, two in Michigan, one in Nevada, one in Ohio, and 16 in Texas. The Texas tally includes three teenagers from Guadalupe County and two small children and a 24-year-old in Dallas County, according to Emily Palmer of the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The child who died was from Mexico City, according to a statement by the state health services department. On April 4, the boy and his parents took a flight from Mexico City to Matamoros, Mexico, to see family members in Brownsville, Tex., which is just north of the border. After developing flu-like symptoms four days later, the boy was admitted to a Brownsville hospital and later transferred to one in the Houston area, the statement says. Health officials do not think his infection was contagious the day he took the commercial flight, according to the statement. Deaths from swine flu, although rare, are not new to the U.S. In 1988, a 32-year-old pregnant woman died of pneumonia caused by the H1N1 swine flu virus. Four days before falling ill, the woman had attended a swine show displaying several pigs with flu-like symptoms at a county fair, according to the CDC. In 1976, the death of a soldier during a swine flu outbreak at Fort Dix, N.J., touched off an infamous panic.State and federal health officials have identified several non-fatal cases of swine flu over the past several years. Last fall, researchers from Wisconsin published a case report in Emerging Infectious Diseases describing a 17-year-old boy who in 2005 developed mild flu symptoms after helping a family member butcher pigs. Subsequent lab tests revealed he had been infected with swine flu. And a 2002 study indicates that such infections may be common among farm workers.Historically, the CDC has received about one human swine flu report every one or two years, but that number has recently increased; between December 2005 and February of this year, the agency received 12 reports of human swine flu.