World Health Organization raises swine flu alert level

New rating suggests pandemic imminent

6:26pm, April 29, 2009

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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