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Swine Flu: Now a Global Pandemic

Swine Flu: Now a Global Pandemic

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The World Health Organization today declared swine flu to be the first global pandemic since 1968, raising its pandemic flu alert to"phasesix" on a six-point scale. Careful with the definitions: while the disease caused by the H1N1 virus is considered to be moderate, swine flu is considered to be unstoppable and countries are urged to come up with long-term plans for combating its spread.

ReportingonHealth has updated its swine flu resources, which can be found here. I'll offer more ideas for covering swine flu in your community over the long term in a future post.

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