WHO Raised The Level Of Swine Flu Pandemic Alert To Phase Five

Thursday, April 30, 2009

WHO Raised The Level Of Swine Flu Pandemic Alert To Phase FiveWorld Health Organization has raised again the level of Swine Flu Pandemic alert from the current phase four to phase five. What does this means? A phase five alert means there are human-to-human transmission and widespread of human infections that happen in at least two countries.

This move comes after a 23 month old Mexican boy died in Texas. The first death of swine flu that occurs outside Mexico, where the outbreak originated. This Mexican boy fell ill during a visit to his relatives in southern Texas earlier this month. He died at Texas Children's Hospital on Monday night.

Director General Margaret Chan Announced the latest pandemic alert level in Geneva after an emergeny WHO meeting, she also urged all countries world wide to activate their pandemic plans, including heightened surveillance and infection-control measures. She said action should be undertaken with "increased urgency", "It really is the whole of humanity that is under threat in a pandemic."

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Swine flu virus has spread to 11 states and infected 94 people in the United States. Five more states is in Arizona, Michigan, Mass., Nevada and Maine, each now have at least one confirmed case.

Governments around the globe including Indonesia are struggling to contain this deadly disease, but no one is ready yet to call this outbreak as a full fledged pandemic.

CONFIRMED CASES

Mexico : 159 suspected deaths - seven confirmed cases
US :one death, at least 91 confirmed cases
Canada : 13 confirmed cases
UK : 5 confirmed cases
Spain : 10 confirmed cases
Germany : 3 confirmed cases
New Zealand : 3 confirmed cases
Israel : 2 confirmed cases
Austria : 1 case
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