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Influenza A(H1N1): World At The Start Of 2009 Pandemic

June 12, 2009 - Update: Influenza pandemic alert raised to phase 6
On the basis of available evidence and expert assessments of the evidence, the scientific criteria for an influenza pandemic have been met. The Director-General of WHO has therefore decided to raise the level of influenza pandemic alert from phase 5 to phase 6. "The world is now at the start of the 2009 influenza pandemic," she said at a press conference today.
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WHO Fears Genes Exchange Between H1N1 and H5N1 Avian Flu

As the Influenza A/H1N1 virus continue to spread worldwide at a fast pace, WHO experts express concerns about possible genetical interactions with other Influenza virus, particularly with the deadly H5N1 (Avian Flu).

Health Ministers from 193 countries of the World Health Organization are meeting in Geneva (Switzerland) to draw up plans to fight the epidemic.

"We have reasons to fear an interaction of the virus A (H1N1) with others, including the H5N1, the avian flu, with has a high mortality rate among birds, but little effect in humans. This interaction would result in a much more dangerous influenza A" declared today Margaret Chan, the director of the WHO.

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Baconic Plague: Much Ado About Nothing?

In a press briefing on Friday 1 May in Stockholm, scientists at the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) estimated that 80% of the European population could be affected by the Influenza A/H1N1 virus (new "politically correct" name for the swine flu) but that in most cases, it would be only a "mild form of flu".

Only the eldery and patients with chronic diseases, who have a weaker immune system, would be at risk of developing a more serious illness, and so the Health Authorities had to focus on protecting these vulnerable people.

A mild form of flu? Does it mean just another type of seasonal flu among others? And in this case have WHO, the media and politics been over reacting and exaggerating the thread?

At the same time, Mexican authorities report that the situation is improving and have reduced the number of confirmed cases.

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