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World moving closer to Phase 6 flu: WHO.

ISLAMABAD, June 05, 2009 (Balochistan Times) --The spread of H1N1 flu in Australia, Britain, Chile, Japan and Spain has moved the world closer to the top level of the pandemic alert. The World Health Organization (WHO) announced, it is considering increasing its pandemic alert level to phase 6 because of growing worldwide cases of the Influenza A (H1N1), or swine flu, BBC reported. According to the WHOs latest figures, the new influenza strain, also known as swine flu, has been found in 66 countries, with more than half the documented cases in North America. There are 19,273 lab confirmed infections with 117 deaths due to the Influenza A (H1N1) infection worldwide. Phase 6 is a declaration that many member countries have long feared could mean economic disaster. It is the highest on the WHOs pandemic alert system, and is described by the organisation as a global pandemic. The WHO is working on revamping its six-point pandemic scale so that the top alert reflects the severity of the flu and not just the geographical pattern of its spread.

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Date:Jun 5, 2009
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