first_imgJun 2, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Colorado’s new system for tracking hospital admissions related to influenza is a potential model for measuring the burden of serious flu complications and the severity of flu seasons, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.Last September Colorado became the first state to require the reporting of hospital admissions for laboratory-confirmed flu in all age-groups, the CDC says in the Jun 3 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Though some existing surveillance systems yield estimates of flu-related hospitalizations, no other state or national system is designed to pick up all such cases.Colorado’s first season of experience with the system indicates that “implementation of statewide, population-based surveillance for influenza-associated hospitalizations is feasible and useful for assessing the age-specific burden of serious influenza-associated morbidity and the relative severity of influenza seasons,” the CDC says.For purposes of reporting, flu-associated hospitalization was defined as a hospital admission accompanied by laboratory confirmation of flu, including confirmation by a rapid diagnostic test, according to the article. Reporting is done mainly by hospital infection-control practitioners (ICPs), who either use the state’s Web-based disease reporting system or fax reports to the state health department.By Apr 16, 2005, 50 Colorado hospitals had reported a total of 964 flu-related hospitalizations, yielding a rate of 21.0 per 100,000 people, the CDC reports. Cases peaked in the week that ended Feb 19; the same week marked the peak for the percentage of patient visits attributed to flu-like illness, as reported by sentinel healthcare providers in Colorado.By age-group, the highest rate of flu-related hospitalization was in people aged 80 and older, with 207.3 cases per 100,000. The next highest rates per 100,000 were in babies younger than 6 months, 183.0; 70- to 79-year-olds, 78.0; and children aged 6 to 23 months, 66.3. People aged 18 to 39 years had the lowest rate at 5.8 cases per 100,000.The CDC says the Colorado figures are similar to estimates based on national hospital discharge data. Those estimates include an average of 36.8 cases per 100,000 population for pneumonia and flu hospitalizations for flu seasons from 1979-80 through 2000-01.While national estimates based on hospital discharge data take at least a year to compile, the Colorado system yields “real-time, population-based” numbers. “The system provides improved ability to assess the severity of influenza seasons, track the time course of the season, determine which populations are most affected by severe influenza-related illness, and focus prevention and control efforts on those populations,” the CDC states.A national system like Colorado’s could help guide flu immunization policy and help health agencies quickly determine if a flu season is causing high rates of hospitalizations, the article says. In addition, such a system could help identify a flu pandemic and guide the public health response.Ken Gershman, MD, MPH, a Colorado epidemiologist who contributed much of the MMWR article, said Colorado had previously required healthcare providers to report all positive influenza tests. The switch to requiring only the reporting of cases involving hospitalization has lightened the workload for providers, he told CIDRAP News.”Over the past 5 or 6 years we’ve seen the number of positive tests go up quite high, because the availability of tests has become widespread,” said Gershman, who is chief of the communicable disease program in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “Two years ago, we had about 13,000 reports in our system, and that overwhelmed hospitals and public health.” As a result, hospitals supported changing the requirement to cover only hospital admissions, because they could see it would be less burdensome, he added.Gershman said that while Colorado is the only state that requires reporting of flu-related hospital admissions in all age-groups, a CDC colleague told him that New Jersey requires reporting of hospital cases among children.The MMWR article says the surveillance program has some limitations that are likely to result in underestimates of cases. One is that not everyone hospitalized with a respiratory illness or a flu-related exacerbation of a chronic disease is likely to be tested for flu. A second is that rapid flu tests are less sensitive than viral culture tests.The possibility of making flu-related hospitalizations reportable in more states will be discussed at next week’s annual meeting of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, CDC spokeswoman Jennifer Morcone told CIDRAP News today.CDC. Surveillance for laboratory-confirmed, influenza-associated hospitalizations—Colorado, 2004-05 influenza season. MMWR 2005 Jun 3;54(21):535-7See also:Sep 22, 2004, CIDRAP News story “Flu-related hospitalizations have risen among elderly”last_img read more

first_imgThis year, Croatia is more connected to Europe and the world than ever before, and accordingly, an increasing number of arrivals and overnight stays have been made every month, especially in Istria. Thus, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics, the total passenger traffic at airports in June 2017 amounted to 1 thousand, which is an increase of 255% compared to June 2016, when passenger traffic amounted to 1 thousand.In June 2017, the growth of passenger traffic compared to June 2016 was recorded by Split Airport (25,8%), Dubrovnik Airport (17,6%), Zagreb Airport (16,6%), Pula Airport (39,9, 21,9%), Zadar Airport (1,7%), Rijeka Airport (67,0%), Osijek Airport (33,1%) and Brač Airport (37,5%), and the decline was recorded only in the port of Mali Lošinj (XNUMX%).The most significant passenger traffic was realized with the airports of the United Kingdom and shows an increase of 30,7% compared to the same period last year.The total number of aircraft landings and take-offs at airports in June 2017 was 14, which is an increase of 681% compared to 12 landings and take-offs in June 534. Thus, in the first half of 2016, compared to 17,1, the total number of landings and departures of aircraft at airports increased by 2017%, the total passenger traffic by 2016%, and the total cargo traffic decreased by 8,2% .Source: CBSlast_img read more

first_imgThe organization of events, festivals, concerts, especially larger ones that last for several days is extremely complex and demanding, although at first it may not look like a visitor from the outside, but the ToDo list of each organizer is longer and requires a lot of organizational skills and experience.From reporting to the police, provide security guards, emergency medical service, pay ZAMP, provide enough emergency space, trash cans and their regular cleaning both during the event and after each day. This is just a drop in the ocean of tasks and obligations of every organizer, and in accordance with the new trends, the organizers have a great responsibility in setting new trends.Thus, the Hum Youth Association, whose purpose was to gather young people and improve the quality of social life of young people in the municipality of Hum na Sutli, organizes for the 13th time the rock Hoomstock Festival and turn to ecology and give a clear message to visitors – Let’s protect our environment. The aim of the festival is to become a “green festival” as they show special concern for the environment in Europe and more and more of them.Namely, the organizers of the Hoomstock festival have decided that they will no longer use classic disposable plastic cups at their festival, but reusable Hoomstock cups. In cooperation with the festival’s partner, Laško beer, multiple branded plastic glasses were made, which visitors will pay HRK 10,00 at the entrance to the festival and use throughout the festival. After the festival, visitors can return the glasses and get a refund or simply leave glasses as a souvenir and souvenir from the festival, and continue to use them in your home.An excellent example of socially responsible business, as well as the responsibility of the organizers to its positive impact on both nature and visitors. In order for the festival to be successful and last for years, in addition to the quality lineup of that organization, they must have some identity and a brand concept and philosophy. Yes and festivals are brands that attract visitors according to their values ​​and not just according to the type of music.Well done to the organizers Hoomstock Festival, support them and follow this positive example.last_img read more

first_imgA large number of apartments built as part of the Incentive Housing (POS) project in Istria are rented as apartments, he writes Glas Istre. Unfortunately, this news is nothing new, everyone knows everything and it has been going on for years, but… always the one but in Lijepa naša.Thus, the project, which was conceived as a support to citizens in solving the housing issue, as one of the basic needs of life, has largely turned into something quite the opposite – to support citizens to get extra income. Namely, POS apartments were sold at better prices than the market ones and were not intended to be rented out to tourists. But there are no legal obstacles, so that is exactly what is happening.POS apartments are used exclusively to solve the housing issue, and not to generate additional income, taking away the advantage of those for whom that apartment would be the only real estate. And that is why everyone who rents POS apartments as apartments should be fined as well as automatically charged the full market amount for the apartment, because the basic housing issue has obviously been resolved. Even to finally introduce some order and a drastic solution to confiscate the apartment, so that the apartment is given to the family that has a real need to solve the housing issue. Because this way, all those who pay taxes and all obligations to the State turn out to be fools, and some individuals exploit the system with our money.Tenants are not even embarrassed to walk around the city, they even brag about how cheap they got to the apartment, says Gabrijela Đukes Bašić, a city councilor from Umag and a tenant in the POS building where 60 percent of apartments are used for rent to tenants or tourists. Voice of Istria.A particularly interesting example is from Umag, where one of the POS apartments in 154. brigade Hrvatske vojske Street is owned by the wife of the head of the Office of the Mayor of the City of Umag, Diego Banković. The Bankovics are renting an apartment to tourists and, it seems, are particularly sensitive in protecting the comfort of their guests to such an extent that a few days ago Diego Bankovic chased away the children of tenants playing in front of the building and threatened to call the police.One of the parents found himself in front of the building and opposed Banković by claiming that this was a POS building, not an apartment complex, and that all these children were tenants who had the right to gather in front of the building in which they lived. He added, as Glas Istre writes, that the goal of POS is to solve housing issues, mostly of young people, and not to bribe with purchased apartments, rent or turn them into cheap tourist apartments. To make matters more paradoxical, it is the same Banković, as a city official, who participates in determining the conditions, criteria and procedure for the purchase of apartments from the POS program.In the whole story, the question is whether the mentioned POS apartment, ie the apartment for rent to tourists, is registered in the eVisitor system or receives tourists illegally.last_img read more

first_imgProposals for souvenir solutions with a completed application form are required no later than March 11, 2019. See more details about the competition HERE The souvenir should reflect the continuity of the artistic, cultural, cultural-historical or cultural heritage of the town and the island of Krk, ie present its tangible, intangible or natural heritage. The Tourist Board of the City of Krk is announcing the eighth tender for the application of souvenir solutions which, if they meet the propositions of the tender, and then the criteria of the Expert Commission, will be marked with the stamp Dar from Krk.  Registered souvenirs can be works of art and art objects, arts and crafts and gastronomic products, clothing and utility items, as well as graphic materials and multimedia [photographs and video materials]. In the case of works of art, art objects and handicraft products, it is important that the solutions are of high quality made of environmentally friendly, ie for the island climate materials. A gift from Krk is the name of a souvenir, as a kind of present of the city, thus reflecting the continuity of its artistic, cultural, cultural-historical or cultural heritage, and at the same time presenting its tangible, intangible and natural heritage.center_img Some of the criteria for the evaluation of souvenirs are as follows: authenticity, innovation, imagination, quality of workmanship, original presentation – packaging, high aesthetic standards, respect for environmental principles and integrity in the recognizability of the city and the island of Krk. As pointed out by the Krk Tourist Board, this year’s competition will give priority to souvenirs that interpret the cultural, cultural and tourist values ​​of the city of Krk in different ways, taking into account its historical heritage, richness of architectural, sculptural, painting and archaeological heritage. . ATTACHMENT: PREVIOUS SOUVENIRS WITH THE STAMP “DAR IZ KRKA”last_img read more

first_imgThe map is printed on recycled paper, in Croatian and English, and contains six suggested routes, with altitude profiles, weight, length, altitude difference and textual description. You can download Gpx or kml records of walking routes here. Related news: Due to the growing number of inquiries from foreign tourists about Samobor hiking trails, the Tourist Board of Samobor, in cooperation with HPD Japetić, PK Scout and Samobor HGSS, has created a tourist map with six simpler hiking routes.  THE INITIATIVE HAS BEEN INITIATED TO CONNECT SAMOBOR AND SV. BY BICYCLE TRAIL ON THE ROUTE OF THE LEGENDARY SAMOBORČEK. SUNDAYlast_img read more

first_imgSide dish: Decision on project selection and award of grants under the 2019 Program for the Development of Public Tourism Infrastructure This Decision approves funds from the Tourism Development Fund for co-financing development projects in six categories: beaches, visitor centers / interpretation centers, public tourism infrastructure for active tourism, tourism development sustainability studies and reception capacity with action plan and quality management studies in tourism. The Ministry of Tourism has made a decision on the selection of projects and the allocation of grants under the Program for the Development of Public Tourism Infrastructure in 2019.center_img Photo: Pixabay.comlast_img read more

first_imgDespite the growth in physical turnover and revenue this season, leading tourism companies are recording a decline in profitability with a significant reduction in profitability, according to a new quarterly publication of the Croatian Tourism Association, Tourist Impulse Q4. With the latest data from the e-Visitor system (as of December 2), Croatia achieved a growth rate of foreign tourist arrivals of 4,4 percent, with a growth rate of foreign overnight stays of 1,7 percent, which with all the challenges of this season can be considered very good the result. However, despite the growth of physical indicators, the weaknesses of Croatian tourism are further emphasized. A survey conducted among the leading tourism companies in Croatia on key business indicators for the first nine months of this year compared to the same period last year showed that companies achieved revenue growth of 5,3 percent, but with higher growth in operating expenses, so that gross operating profit lower than in the same period last year. The decrease in profitability was mostly due to the growth of labor costs. First of all, it is low capacity utilization, the lowest in the Mediterranean, which was further reduced in the first 11 months of this year as a result of the continuation of extremely high growth in the supply of accommodation facilities. The average occupancy of commercial accommodation in that period in Croatia dropped to 22,6 percent. At the same time, the occupancy rate of hotel accommodation was almost twice as high – 42,6 percent. Economic trends in 2020 favor destinations with a high value for money ratio “The decline in profitability in the operations of the largest tourism companies this season, which brought a record number of tourists, threatens to further reduce investment in tourism because serious investors can not justify investing in a country where profitability is half as low as the environment. Therefore, HUT welcomes the Government’s decision to reduce VAT in tourism as a firefighting measure for the sector, but at the same time we emphasize that this is only the first step in ensuring at least the same business conditions as the competition in the Mediterranean. Tourism is one of the few domestic sectors that has the potential for significant growth in investment, employment and wages, but we must unleash that potential by changing the business environment”, said Veljko Ostojic, director of HUT.  In such an uncertain economic and market environment, the quality of the offer is the only guarantee of success, which is why it is necessary to continue to improve the business framework in tourism. Attachment: HUT / Tourist impulse Q4center_img The review of key trends of this tourist season highlighted by the Tourist Impulse Q4 highlights the new large growth of tourist arrivals in Turkey, which with a growth rate of international tourist arrivals of 14,5 percent in the first ten months of 2019 took the lead in the Mediterranean. At the same time, Spain, with minus 0,2 percent, is the biggest market loser.  Uncertainty and the expectation of a recession in our main emitting markets become the most significant in the forecasts for next year. Research shows that the population of our emitting markets, in anticipation of a recession, is choosing destinations that provide a better value for money ratio, which means that competition in the Mediterranean circle next season will be even more pronounced. Such a situation is again mostly in the hands of eastern Mediterranean destinations, especially Greece and Turkey.  Tourist companies set aside an average of more than 10,5 percent for employees this year, and some companies almost 18 percent compared to the previous year. The rate of return, which shows the profit for the period in relation to the total engaged assets, decreased by over 10 percent, to an extremely low 7,9 percent. The profitability indicator is one of the decisive factors in making investment decisions, and in competing Mediterranean countries this indicator ranges from 10 to 12 percent. If we fail to do so, HUT warns that Croatian tourism is losing the race to the competition in the medium term, which would cause significant negative consequences for the entire domestic economy due to the fact that tourism generates about 20 percent of GDP. Read the full report in the attachment. Turkey is the leader in this season’s tourist growth in the Mediterraneanlast_img read more