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WHO: End of H1N1 flu pandemic

08-11-2010 08:44 BJT Special Report:World tackles A/H1N1 flu |

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The World Health Organization is declaring the H1N1 flu pandemic officially over.

The announcement comes months after many national authorities started canceling vaccine orders and shutting down hotlines as the disease ebbed from the headlines.

However, the WHO also warns countries should be aware of the deadly virus during the post-pandemic period.

The World Health Organization declared an end to the H1N1 pandemic influenza. The announcement comes more than a year after it began spreading.

The WHO made the announcement following recommendations from the Emergency Committee of international experts.

Margaret Chen, Director-General, Whold Health Org., said, "The world is no longer in phase six of influenza pandemic alert. We are now moving into the post-pandemic period. The new H1N1 virus has largely run its course."

Chan was quick to add that the post-pandemic period "does not mean the H1N1 virus has gone away."

Margaret Chen, Director-General, Whold Health Org., said, "As we enter the post-pandemic period, this does not mean the H1N1 virus has gone away. Based on experience with past pandemics we expect the H1N1 virus to take on the behavior of a seasonal influenza virus and continue to circulate for some years to come."

Chan suggests countries should still keep a watchful eye for unusual patterns of infection and mutations that might render existing vaccines and antiviral drugs ineffective.

The WHO also says vaccination remains important as a means of reducing the morbidity and mortality caused by influenza viruses.

An estimated 350 million people worldwide have been vaccinated against H1N1

The A/H1N1 virus was first identified in Mexico in April 2009. More than 214 countries and regions confirmed cases of the flu. More than 18,000 people died from the virus.

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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