Archive for the 'influenza' Category

04 May

WHO raises pandemic alert level from 4 to 5 as swine flu spreads

Concerned over the rapidly spreading swine flu, the World Health Organization (WHO) has upped the influenza pandemic alert to phase 5, just one step short of declaring a bona fide global pandemic. “All countries should immediately activate their pandemic preparedness plans,” said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, calling on government ministries and manufacturers of vaccines and […]

01 May

How fast-moving swine flu hopscotched the globe

— A 5-year-old Mexican boy takes ill in his dusty village. He coughs, he sneezes, he gasps for breath. Hundreds of Edgar Hernandez’s neighbors in La Gloria _ villagers who live among smelly pig-breeding farms that attract swarms of flies _ already have flu-like symptoms. After they complain repeatedly, government workers arrive to conduct medical […]

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