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2.5 million migrant labourers in Kerala: Study

Kerala is home to some 2.5 million workers from other Indian states, and a minister said: "We know little about them, care little for them and do little for them."
According to the labour ministry, 75 percent of the migrant population is from West Bengal, Bihar, Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha.
The study said the workforce was almost entirely male, aged between 18 to 35 years and highly mobile within Kerala. They work mostly up to seven days a week for contractors.
Labour Minister Shibhu Baby John told the assembly that migrant labourers were today one of Kerala's wealth creators."While their numbers have grown in recent years, we know little about them, care little for them and do little for them," he said. 
"Sixty percent work in the construction sector. They also work in the hospitality, manufacturing, trade and agriculture sectors. "Their skills range from unskilled to skilled carpenters, masons and electricians," said John.
The study adopte…

'People living in crowded environments are more vulnerable to Swine Flu. '

How to prevent Swine Flu and what to do if one is infected? Here are the tips as under;
Q. What are the symptoms of swine flu? What are the precautions which can be taken? Also, in the recent times people say that H1N1 virus got mutated. So, if you get infected, is that Tamiflu is suffice to get cured. 
A. Swine flu can have symptoms including sore throat, fever, headache and body aches. In severe cases, it may cause pneumonia with unresponsive fever, breathlessness, chest pain and phlegm. Precautions include annual flu vaccination especially in children, elderly and patients with co-morbid conditions including heart, kidney or diabetes problems.In case of flu, use handkerchiefs, tissues while coughing and sneezing. Avoid going to work in case of flu so that the infection does not pass on to other colleagues. The flu vaccine is issued every year depending on the prevalent strains during that year. Some mutant strains of influenza virus maybe resistant to Tamiflu but most strains are s…

Study: Swine flu infected 1 in 5 but death rate low

Since late April 2009, Swine flu (H1N1) influenza has spread to different parts of the world including India. Public threat and anxiety was widespread, as was the change of certain behaviours in the lay public.
In a research, it was found that at least one in five people worldwide were infected with swine flu during the first year of the 2009-2010 H1N1 pandemic, but the death rate was just 0.02 percent.
The results echo other studies that found children were hit harder by the H1N1 strain, which swept around the world, than they are by regular seasonal flu outbreaks and that people over 65 were less vulnerable. More accurate early surveillance is needed to plan for and respond to future pandemics, scientists said, in the wake of the international research led by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Imperial College London.
"Knowing the proportion of the population infected in different age groups and the proportion of those infected who died will help public health decision-ma…