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Gov. Linda Lingle says the World Health Organization is considering raising the pandemic alert level to phase 6, the highest level indicating a global outbreak of the swine flu.
Lingle says the possible move was discussed Friday on a conference call with federal and state health officials.
She says it is not an indication that the outbreak is more severe, or more people are getting sick or dying. It means the geographic distribution of the virus has widened.
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WHO to raise alert level as H1N1 virus spread
New Delhi: World Health Organisation (WHO) may raise its level of alert to a six depending the situation in Spain, which is the latest country to be hit by the H1N1 virus.
WHO decided to stop calling the disease swine flu in order to avoid confusion that the flu is caused by pigs.
Medical experts have already established that the disease spreads through human to human contact and not through pigs.
The name was changed after the agriculture industry and the UN food agency expressed concerns that the term 'swine flu' was needlessly misleading countries to order culling of pigs.
WHO will now refer to the disease using its scientific name H1N1 Influenza A.