GENEVA – The head of the World Health Organization says swine flu is still a pandemic even though the period of most intense activity appears to have passed.
WHO Director-General Margaret Chan says a decision on whether to declare the global epidemic of H1N1 over will be revisited in mid-July.
Chan's announcement Thursday came two days after a virtual meeting of international flu experts who advise her on setting the global body's pandemic alert level.
The alert level is currently at phase 6 — the highest — but could be moved to the "post-peak" or "post-pandemic" stage as circulation of the virus continues to decline.
WHO last week confirmed 18,114 deaths from swine flu worldwide since the start of the outbreak in April 2009.
At 18,114 deaths WORLDWIDE, that is about half of the deaths the US alone sees every year from the flu. Did WHO overreact? Did all those who predicted massive deaths overreact?
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They do that with everything, swine flu, gas prices, mad cow and global warming. You name it they hype it up.
I have been hearing global warming or global cooling on and off for 81 years, yet I'm still here.
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