Thursday, April 30, 2009

Swine Flu: On Phase 5 alert

The Geneva-based World Health Organization on Wednesday raised its alert level for the fast-spreading swine flu to its next-to-highest notch i.e. Phase 5, signaling a global pandemic could be imminent as the virus spread further and yielded its first death outside of Mexico.

Phase 5 signaling when human-to-human transmission in at least two countries. Strong signal pandemic imminent.

"It really is all of humanity that is under threat during a pandemic," said WHO Director General Margaret Chan. "We do not have all the answers right now but we will get them." WHO's flu chief Keiji Fukuda said countries now need to ramp up their lab capacity to be able to quickly test patients suspected to have the flu, and improve disease surveillance. "Probably the single most important thing is that the populations are informed," he added.

Personally we gotto be alert from now, not to be ignorant about it. I got my family to minimise the intake of pork until the situation improve further since they are going to vaccinate the animal.


richrach said...

also good to be alert & not to be in crowded places at this time... :(

cck said...

Yeap, especially now we got kids