So in case you have not been keeping up with recent reports, the WHO as well as the U.N. health officials have just announced and declared this week that Swine Flu is formally a pandemic. Because of this, there will be a speed up of vaccination production as well as government spending in order to combat the issue.
The announcement doesn’t mean that the virus is any more lethal, but only that its spread is considered unstoppable. Since the flu was first detected in late April in Mexico and the United States, swine flu has reached 74 countries, infecting nearly 29,000 people.
WHO chief Dr. Margaret Chan (who is featured in the video above) made the long-awaited declaration after the U.N. agency held an emergency meeting with flu experts and said she was moving to phase 6 — the agency’s highest alert level — which means a pandemic is under way.
Scientists have grown to understand that the virus is generally not much more severe than the seasonal flu. So far, swine flu has caused 144 deaths, compared with ordinary flu that kills up to 500,000 people a year.But the virus can still be deadly and may change into a more frightening form in the near future, and so people should not be complacent.
For those of you wanting to keep track of the spread of the flu around the world, check out the sites below:
MSNBC – Flash Map showing cases of Swine Flu.
Google Earth – Dots shown on Google Earth that update over time.
Google Maps – Maps Showing locations of Flu
PandemicFlu.gov – The title says it all
For more information, please check out the full article at http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/un_un_swine_flu
Melissa Lawrence, Social Marketing Administrator, VERTICES, LLC