Austin, TX, June 13, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- The World Health Organization has told its member nations it is declaring an H1N1 flu pandemic -- the first in 41 years, according to the AP today.
According to the report: "The move came Thursday as infections climbed in the United States, Europe, Australia, South America and elsewhere.
In a statement sent to member countries, WHO says it decided to raise the pandemic alert level from phase 5 to 6, meaning that a global outbreak of swine flu has begun. The decision was made after the U.N. health agency held an emergency meeting on swine flu with its experts. The last flu pandemic was in 1968.
The pandemic declaration will require all countries, including the dozens that haven't yet reported any cases, to launch pandemic-prevention plans.
Just over half the world's confirmed H1N1 cases, or 13,217, are in the U.S., including 27 deaths, according to the WHO."
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