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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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Flu: WHO Considers Phase 6


WHO says world moving closer to Phase 6 flu

 Tue Jun 2, 2009 12:31pm EDT 

GENEVA (Reuters) – The spread of H1N1 flu in Australia, Britain, Chile, Japan and Spain has moved the world closer to the top pandemic alert, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.

“We are at Phase 5 but are getting closer to Phase 6,” Keiji Fukuda, acting WHO assistant director-general, told journalists during a telephone conference.

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      You might also want to check out our April 29, 2009
      posting, “
Acute Respiratory Retrospective for
 perspective that’s reflective… not simply reflexive.
      Originally published February 22, 2006 (in the midst 
      of rampant avian flu concern) as a look back at the
      2003 SARS health scare and explores the likelihood 
      that it was mostly just a test of our then-current level
      of medical emergency preparedness.

      Could the same be true now?


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