The World Health Organization (WHO) raised its pandemic alert level to Phase 5, its second-highest level. This indicates the outbreak of swine flu is nearing widespread human infection.
Dr. Margaret Chan, the U.N. agency’s director-general, said the decision to raise the alert to level five on its six-point scale means all countries “should immediately now activate their pandemic preparedness plans.
“This change to a higher phase of alert is a signal to governments, to ministries of health and other ministries, to the pharm industry and the business community that certain actions now should be taken with increased urgency and at an accelerated pace,” Chan said.
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