WHO says world still in H1N1 pandemic

20:16, June 03, 2010      

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The world is still in an H1N1 flu pandemic despite signs that the period of of most intense activity appears to have passed,the World Health Organization said Thursday.

The U.N. agency made the announcement two days after a virtual meeting of international flu experts responsible for providing advice on the pandemic to WHO Director-General Margaret Chan.

"After extensive discussions and questions, the committee expressed the unanimous view that from a global perspective while pandemic activity is continuing, the period of most intense pandemic activity appears likely to have passed for many parts of the world," the WHO said in a statement.

The WHO said it remains critical for countries to continue to maintain vigilance concerning the pandemic, including all necessary public health measures for disease control as well as influenza virus and disease surveillance.



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