WHO Declares Swine Flu Pandemic Officially Over

August 11th, 2010 - 7:33 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
fluAug 11, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The World Health Organization has officially declared yesterday that the H1N1 flu pandemic is now over. The Director General of WHO, Margaret Chan said that the H1N1 flu has largely run its course. This news has been accepted by the world in a positive sense as the world is no longer in highest influenza alert level. Margaret Chan also added that the virus of swine flu has entered in “post-pandemic” phase which means that the swine flu attacks in the world has reduced to levels usually seen in seasonal influenza.

The Director-General also mentioned that the announcement of pandemic over does not mean that the H1N1 virus is destroyed. She said that the localized outbreaks of different magnitude may show significant level of H1N1 transmission. Margaret Chan declared a public health emergency of international concern on April 2009 when millions of people were affected by the infection of this virus. In UK, this infection took away 450 lives. The world is can now give a sigh of relief as it has advanced from phase-six pandemic alert to post pandemic period.

Margaret Chan warned that the health officials should monitor the infection rates as the virus does not die. Hence there is still a chance that it can come back again. H1N1 virus spread like epidemic and took about 18,449 lives in 214 countries in last one year. The virus was first named as swine flu but later WHO changed it to influenza H1N1. However, on April 12, 2010,in a review of the global response the scientists found out that the virus is less malignant than they have actually feared.

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