It’s an Official Pandemic

WHO declares first 21st century flu pandemic

By Stephanie Nebehay

Photo: CDC Influenza Laboratory

Photo: CDC Influenza Laboratory

GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization declared the first flu pandemic of the 21st century on Thursday, Sweden’s health ministry said.

The health ministry said the United Nations agency was raising its pandemic flu alert to the top phase 6 on a six-point scale, indicating the first influenza pandemic since 1968 is under way.

“Today… the Minister for Elderly Care and Public Health Maria Larsson has called a press conference following a decision by the WHO to raise the pandemic level to six for the influenza A H1N1 virus,” the ministry said in a statement.

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Background on recent pandemic scares (avian flu, SARS).

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2 responses to “It’s an Official Pandemic

  1. I sure hope another Pandemic does not hit our world again. I can’t bear to see that many people die!! Hopefully it will stay out of the US again.

  2. Sarah

    Hi I think this is a fantastic blog, keep up the good work…

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