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On Monday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) raised the level of influenza pandemic alert from phase 3 to phase 4 (on a scale of 6), indicating that efforts to contain the spread of the virus had failed.
Keiji Fukuda, Head of the WHO Global Influenza Programme, said that outbreaks in Mexico, the U.S. and Spain demonstrate that the H1N1 virus expansion can't be hindered but does not require to close the fronters or to restrict travels, but "it is considered prudent for people who are ill to delay international travel and for people developing symptoms following international travel to seek medical attention".
Epidemiological data demonstrate human-to-human transmission and the ability of the virus to cause community-level outbreaks.
Although not yet a pandemic, the situation has to be considered very seriously worlwide.
WHO experts also explained that, currently, the virus is "mild" and said people who died in Mexico were probably infected with other diseases. No deaths have been reported in other countries where patients fully recovered after treatment.
In Mexico, the situation is improving: Health Minister Jose Angel Cordova said this morning that the rate of deaths had decreased during the last three days, going from six on Saturday, five on Sunday and three on Monday.
The Swine Flu around the world
- Mexico: confirmed H1N1 Deaths: 26. Deaths attributed to the virus (not confirmed): 149. Suspected cases: 1,641.
- Spain: Suspect cases: 27. Confirmed cases: 1
- United States: Confirmed cases: 50 (28 in New York, 13 in California, Kansas 2, 6 in Texas and one in Ohio).
- Canada: Confirmed cases: 6.
- Colombia: Suspect cases: 9.
- Brazil: Suspect cases: 2.
- United Kingdom: Confirmed cases: 2.
- France: Suspect cases: 1.
- Sweden: Suspect cases: 5.
- Denmark: Suspect cases: 5.
- Switzerland: Suspect cases: 5.
- Israel: suspected cases: 1.
- China: Suspect cases: 1.
- Australia: Suspect cases: 19.
- New Zealand: Suspect cases: 10.Read »