World Health Organization: Current level of influenza pandemic alert raised from phase 4 to 5

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on April 29, 2009

Follow up to previous postings on swine flu, from the World Health Organization (WHO) today: “Based on assessment of all available information and following several expert consultations, Dr Margaret Chan, WHO’s Director-General raised the current level of influenza pandemic alert from phase 4 to 5. She stated that all countries should immediately activate their pandemic preparedness plans. At this stage, effective and essential measures include heightened surveillance, early detection and treatment of cases, and infection control in all health facilities.”

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