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WHO Said to Raise Flu Alert to Unprecedented Level (Update1)
April 27 (Bloomberg) -- The World Health Organization plans to raise its pandemic alert to an unprecedented level today, saying that swine flu is spreading across North America, two people familiar with the agency said.
An increase above level 3 on the WHO’s six-step alert system would be the first since the United Nations agency began grading pandemic risks in 1999. The agency’s guidelines say the goal of a level 4 alert is “containment of the new virus within a limited area or delay of its spread,” suggesting the change will trigger travel warnings. Level 5 would be “a strong signal that a pandemic is imminent.”
The WHO may advise governments to screen people coming in and out of Mexico and other affected areas, limit travel, distribute antiviral medicines from global stockpiles and start the process of producing a pandemic vaccine, according to the guidelines revised last month. The people familiar with the WHO declined to be named because the deliberations are confidential. Gregory Hartl, a spokesman for the WHO, declined to comment.
Originally posted by Agit8dChop
I still say, this is a deliberate event.
This bug was released during spring break in Mexico, all those young 20'someting tourists there to drink and bonk..take the bug home and let it spread.
Seems heat is a factor, being the mexican heat kept the bug active to lethal proportions.
This bug is popping up in
just wait until china or vietnam has a confirmed case.
I will be watching this thread all day tomorrow.. its spreading like wildfire.
Originally posted by BeyondPerception
3 suspected cases in Bielefeld, Germany
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[edit on 4/27/2009 by BeyondPerception]
Originally posted by Hx3_1963
# Sources indicating WHO may still be reviewing whether to increase pandemic alert level.2 minutes ago from web
[edit on 4/27/2009 by Hx3_1963]