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Too early to declare H1N1 swine flu pandemic over, says WHO chief

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 31 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5681
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    It is too soon to declare the H1N1 swine flu pandemic over and the evolution of the virus should be monitored closely over the next year, the head of the World Health Organization has warned.

    Many countries in the northern hemisphere—such as the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, and some parts of continental Europe—“have passed the peak of their second wave,” Dr Margaret Chan, director general of the WHO, told reporters on Tuesday. But there is still intense pandemic influenza activity in countries such as India and Egypt, she said.

    “I think it is too premature and too early for us to say we have come …

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