The WHO emergency committee, composed of 15 external advisers met this week and in a statement released today, they indicated it remains critical for countries to maintain vigilance concerning the pandemic, including necessary public health measures for disease control and surveillance. This was reported by WHO Director-General Margaret Chan. Based on the committee’s recommendation, the outbreak 0f 2009 H1N1 remains at phase 6 on the WHO’s pandemic scale. It has been at this level since June 2009. This status will be reviewed in mid-July after more data from the winter influenza season in the southern hemisphere is available.
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