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WHO Chief: H1N1 ‘Pandemic’ Continues

From the never always say die alarmists at the Associated Press:

China’s Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization speaks during a end-of-year press conference at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters, in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009.

WHO chief: swine flu pandemic continues

By Eliane Engeler, Associated Press Writer

December 29, 2009

GENEVA – Many more people could become sick with swine flu this winter even though it has peaked in North America and some European countries, the head of the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

The worst of the swine flu outbreak is over in the United States, Canada, Britain and some other countries in the northern hemisphere, said Dr. Margaret Chan.

But there is still intensive flu activity in Egypt, India and elsewhere, she said.

"It is too premature and too early for us to say we have come to an end of the pandemic influenza worldwide," Chan told reporters. Health experts should monitor the pandemic for another six to 12 months, she said, adding that the virus could still mutate and become more dangerous.

Over 11,500 people are known to have died from the disease since the outbreak began in April, according to WHO. Between 250,000 and 500,000 people die from regular flu each year.

When the U.N. health agency declared swine flu to be a pandemic in June, it described it as "moderate." …

As many countries have rolled out massive swine flu vaccination programs, demand for swine flu shots in some European countries has been lower than expected, said Chan

The agency has warned that the virus could have a devastating impact in countries across Africa with high numbers of people with health problems like malnutrition, AIDS, and malaria

Chan acknowledged she had yet to get her own swine flu shot. Only just back from leave, she said she asked her medical service to find out where she can get vaccinated

"One thing we need to guard against is the sense of complacency," Chan said, adding that flu viruses are highly unpredictable.

"We will watch this virus with eagle’s eyes," she said.

Last month, WHO warned that with fresh bird flu cases reported in poultry in Egypt, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, the risk of bird flu and the H1N1 pandemic swine flu virus mixing was heightened.

Scientists fear that bird flu, which remains hard for people to catch but kills about 60 percent of those infected, could combine with the current swine flu virus, which spreads easily among people but kills a low percentage.

[Chan] said she hopes the world can avoid a pandemic triggered by the avian flu virus, which she said was more toxic and deadly than swine flu.

"The world is not ready for a pandemic caused by H5N1," she said, referring to the scientific name of bird flu.

Luckily, the WHO has another pandemic waiting in the wings, even though this one has crapped out.

By the way, according to the Solons at the New York Times, we can pronounce ‘H1N1’ as ‘heinie.’

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, December 29th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “WHO Chief: H1N1 ‘Pandemic’ Continues”

  1. aheflin says:

    Lovely timing…I wonder if this announcement has anything to do with distracting us from the recent failed terrorist attack?
    I worry much more about Islamic extremists than a “pandemic” that has killed less people than the regular strains of flu. Does anyone have an opinion on a good reason why our government wants everyone to be vaccinated? My family and I stay away from any and all vaccinations and I worry about how long we will enjoy that freedom.

  2. Chuckk says:

    Fortunately for the WHO, the flu breaks out every year. Maybe next year’s version of H1N1 will kill more people so the various medical agencies can gain more power, money and influence. After all, that’s what is really important.

  3. TwilightZoned says:

    “Maybe next year’s version of H1N1 will kill more people so the various medical agencies can gain more power, money and influence.”

    After all, the WHO is part of the NWO.

  4. MinnesotaRush says:

    “.. the current swine flu virus, which spreads easily among people but kills a low percentage.”

    Well now! That’s not what they told us last July as they were creating this crisis and clamming on to several billion dollars! Back then, just about everybody was gonna die.

    “Chan acknowledged she had yet to get her own swine flu shot.”

    Chan maybe a little concerned about the (already once) recalled vaccine and/or some of the resulting effects???

    No wonder Chan gets along with o-blah-blah so well; she’s a hypocrite and a phoney, too!


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