Stephanie Nebehay, Reuters Africa (August 10, 2010)
"The H1N1 pandemic is over and the global outbreak turned out to be much less severe than was feared just over a year ago, the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday.
"WHO director-general Margaret Chan once again rebutted criticism that the United Nations agency had hyped the first pandemic in more than 40 years, whose mildness left some Western governments holding huge stockpiles of unused vaccines.
"The Hong Kong public health expert said the world had been lucky the H1N1 virus had not mutated into a more deadly form and that a safe vaccine developed in record time remained effective against it...."
Note: It's the pandemic that WHO says is over. The H1N1 flu we were dealing with is still around. For individuals affected, it's still nothing to sneeze at. But as a disease sweeping the world? It's history.
More H1N1 flu news:
- "WHO says pandemic over, India to be on guard"
Indian Express (August 11 2010)
- "H1N1 Pandemic Officially Over, Says WHO; Cites Lessons Learned"
Katherine Hobson Health Blog, Wall Street Journal (August 10, 2010)
- "Swine Flu Pandemic Over, WHO Declares"
But H1N1 Flu Bug Still Here, Becoming Seasonal Virus
WebMD (August 10, 2010)