WHO: Swine flu cases higher, but no sustained spread

Today, the World Health Organization reported increased number of cases of swine flu, but said there is no evidence of sustained spread in communities outside North America. Spread to one more region could raise the level of the flu to a pandemic.

“At the present time, I would still propose that a pandemic is imminent because we are seeing transmission to other countries,” Dr. Michael J. Ryan, the director of the World Health Organization global alert and response team, said in a teleconference from Geneva. “We have to expect that phase 6 will be reached. We have to hope that it is not.”

At level 5, it only means that the disease is spreading in communities. So far, 658 confirmed cases are on record in 16 countries, about two-thirds of which are in Mexico.

One interesting but incomprehensible fact is that out of 16 death cases in Mexico, 75% of them are women.

Source: NYT

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