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World Health Organization raises swine flu alert level

New rating suggests pandemic imminent

The World Health Organization announced April 29 that is has raised the alert level for swine flu from Phase 4 to Phase 5, which suggests that a pandemic is imminent.

“That puts countries on high alert for influenza and pneumonia,” said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan during a press teleconference held from Geneva. Phase 6 denotes a pandemic.

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