June 11, 2009
[efoods]The World Health Organization appears poised this morning to formally declare that swine flu has reached the level of a full-blown pandemic, moving the viral outbreaks to a so-called phase 6 on the pandemic alert scale.
WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan met with flu experts at 6:00 a.m. EDT today in Geneva to discuss the spread of the novel virus, and since yesterday the escalation to the highest level of pandemic alert has been widely anticipated.
The move would reflect the continued spread of the virus around the globe, despite quarantines, school closings and other measures designed to keep it in check. It would be the first official pandemic in more than 40 years.
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