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H1N1 still a pandemic, says WHO

July 20, 2010
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WASHINGTON — The World Health Organization (WHO) will continue to monitor the H1N1 influenza (swine flu) pandemic, according to a press release.
"There is no EC (emergency committee) this week. We are still monitoring and seeing how the virus behaves in the rest of the southern hemisphere winter," said Gregory Hartl of the WHO.
"We''re still in phase 6, it is still a pandemic," added Hartl, referencing the organization''s six-phase scale in which the sixth phase is used to declare a full influenza pandemic.
The organization''s most recent weekly update, released on July 16, stated: "Worldwide, overall pandemic influenza activity remains low. The most active areas of pandemic influenza virus transmission currently are in parts of South Asia, West Africa and Central America …"
"Overall, in the temperate regions of the northern hemisphere (North America and Europe), pandemic and seasonal influenza viruses have been detected only sporadically or at very low levels during the past month," the update added.
Click here to read the complete release.
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