Friday, June 12, 2009

Status as of 12th of June 2009 : Influenza A H1N1

World Health Organization (WHO) has declared H1N1 a pandemic.
This in will speed the vaccine production and
Spur government spending to combat the first global flu epidemic in 41 years. The announcement does not mean
The virus is any more lethal as it is, but only that its spread is considered unstoppable. WHO does not announce
it formally, but generally the wild spread in Australia has pressed for the risk level increase – it reported 1300 cases
by Thursday. Additionally, they’ve also found that Britain has not declared the correct numbers.

Severity :

WHO considers the overall severity of the pandemic to be moderate.
Moderate means :
Most people recover from infection without the need for hospitalization or medical care,
Overall, national levels of severe illness from influenza A(H1N1) appear similar to levels seen during
local seasonal influenza periods, although high levels of disease have occurred in some local areas
and institutions,
Overall, hospitals and health care systems in most countries have been able to cope with the
numbers of people seeking care, although some facilities and systems have been stressed in some

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