Thursday, April 30, 2009

Swine Flu Alert Raised

Reprinted from the Centers for Disease Control website.

In response to an intensifying outbreak in the United States and internationally caused by a new influenza virus of swine origin, the World Health Organization raised the worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase 5 on April 29, 2009. A Phase 5 alert is a “strong signal that a pandemic is imminent and that the time to finalize the organization, communication, and implementation of the planned mitigation measures is short.”

The United States Government has declared a public health emergency in the United States. CDC’s response goals are to reduce transmission and illness severity, and provide information to help health care providers, public health officials and the public address the challenges posed by this emergency.

For updated information about Swine Flu, go to the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/. It is updated at least daily.

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