WHO declares flu pandemic

H1N1 virus prompts first pandemic in 40 years

According to reports, for the first time in over 40 years, the World Health Organization has declared the H1N1 virus a flu pandemic, the top phase on the WHO’s six-point scale. The WHO’s 193 member states will now boost health measures in preparation for a global spread of the virus, more commonly known as swine flu. The decision likely came after widespread swine flu transmission in Victoria, Australia, suggesting it’s entrenched in a region outside North America. So far, there have been 27,737 infections reported in 74 countries, and 141 deaths.


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