WHO: H1N1 not over as yet

June 4th, 2010 - 5:35 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington DC, Jun 4 (THAINDIAN NEWS) According to the World Health Organization, the H1N1 flu pandemic is not yet over. However WHO said that the intense activity of the disease is over in most regions of the world.

The Emergency Committee revealed this on Thursday, and warned countries to continually maintain vigilance concerning the disease. The organization said they will meet again in mid July, to review the status of the epidemic, but they warned the epidemic is still very much in progress.

WHO Director General - Margaret Chan, said that the swine flu influenza is at phase 6 of WHO’s pandemic scale. The scale is used to access the severity of an epidemic. The pandemic has been at phase 6 since June 2009. The WHO has been widely criticized for hyping the dangers of the H1N1 outbreak.

But according to the WHO, the virus that causes the flu is still active in the Caribbean and Southeastern Asia. The organization said that they are waiting for the signs of the virus development in the southern hemisphere winter. The organization will them come out with its full pronouncement on the outbreak. “It is predicted that H1N1 will continue to be the primary or overwhelming virus among influenza viruses for quite a while. Pandemic or no pandemic, H1N1 will still exist. If there is no pandemic, it means that H1N1 is behaving like a normal flu virus,” according to WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl.

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