World Health Organization calls third emergency meeting

April 29th, 2009 - 9:02 pm ICT by admin  

GENEVA (BNO NEWS) – The World Health Organization has called for a third emergency meeting of the committee on Wednesday, BNO News has learned.

The meeting is expected to take place later on Wednesday or early Thursday, said Paul Garwood, WHO’s spokesperson for emergencies and humanitarian affairs.

“This meeting would be to review [the] latest information, including information coming out of an ongoing meeting of a group of scientists from around the world on the H1N1 situation,” Garwood told BNO News. The spokesman also said that the committee will discuss the current pandemic alert level, which is currently at level 4.

In the recent days, there have been calls from officials to not use the word swine flu as it is misleading. Swine flu, or H1N1, does not infect people via contact with pigs, as the name could suggest. On Wednesday, the Egyptian government decided to cull all pigs in the country, a move which is widely seen as an attempt to stop people from panicking.

Paul Garwood told BNO News that, although the scientific name is H1N1, they will continue to call it swine flu for now. President Obama on Wednesday had referred to the virus as H1N1.

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