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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

CIDRAP : H1N1 still active in some countries

From Lisa Schnirring at CIDRAP :

" Sep 7, 2010 : Flu activity is continuing at various intensity levels, with India reporting more deaths, Australia reporting increasing numbers of cases late in its flu season, and transmission declining in New Zealand.

Though the World Health Organization (WHO) on Aug 10 moved to a post-peak pandemic phase, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan yesterday repeated warnings that countries should stay alert for the 2009 H1N1 virus to limit the impact of outbreaks, Voice of America (VOA) reported today.

Chan, who spoke at the start of a 4-day WHO meeting in Bangkok with health officials from the agency's South-East Asia region, said the 2009 H1N1 virus remains a serious health risk, according to VOA. She added that the WHO is seeing localized outbreaks and some continuing "hot spots," which were expected in the post-peak phase.

"Let me remind you the pandemic virus has not gone away," Chan said in. She said the virus is especially a threat to young people and pregnant women.

India's health ministry said today that in the week ending Sep 5 it had received at least 128 reports of 2009 H1N1 deaths, NetIndian News Network reported."

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