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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 9:11 am 
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It looks like a done deal. The Pandemic will soon be offically over.
Thank goodness for that. We can rest easy. Thanks WHO for helping us through this difficult time.

UN or WHO whats the difference.

YOUR A JOKE.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-08-1 ... today.html


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 9:26 am 
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Yes

It looks like a done deal. The Pandemic will soon be offically over.
Thank goodness for that. We can rest easy. Thanks WHO for helping us through this difficult time.

UN or WHO whats the difference.

YOUR A JOKE.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-08-1 ... today.html


Spot on, irresponsible and not erring on the side of caution. WHO you maybe playing with the world's health if this takes a turn for the worst. :sigh:

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 Post subject: WHO: Pandemic is over
PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 9:28 am 
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WHO Decides H1N1 Pandemic Is Over
Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Print ShareThisGENEVA — The H1N1 flu virus has run its course and the pandemic is over, the head of the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.

"We are now moving into the post-pandemic period," WHO Director-General Margaret Chan told a teleconference, saying the H1N1 virus "has largely run its course."

The downgrade followed recommendations by global influenza experts who reviewed its status earlier in the day


Source: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,598983,00.html?test=latestnews


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:17 am 
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CNN) -- The public health emergency triggered by the emergence of the H1N1 virus "should be considered over," an emergency committee of the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

The committee advised the WHO's director-general "that the world was no longer experiencing an influenza pandemic," the organization said in a statement.

"We are moving out of the pandemic into the post-pandemic period," said Margaret Chan, director-general of the WHO.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/08/10/pa ... tml?hpt=T2

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:21 am 
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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 Organization said on Tuesday.

"We are now moving into the post-pandemic period. The new H1N1 virus has largely run its course," WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said.

But the new swine flu virus, which sparked the first pandemic in more than 40 years, will continue to circulate as part of seasonal influenza for years to come, requiring health authorities to remain vigilant, Chan told a news conference.

The H1N1 virus still threatens high-risk groups including pregnant women who would benefit from vaccination against it, she said, speaking from her native Hong Kong.

Stockpiled H1N1 vaccines remain effective against the strain and so far the virus has not developed widespread resistance to the antiviral oseltamivir, the best treatment, she said.

The WHO's downgrading of the H1N1 outbreak to "post-pandemic" was based on recommendations by external influenza experts who conducted a review earlier in the day.

The United Nations agency has been heavily criticized for its handling of the first pandemic of the 21st century, which turned out to be milder than expected in most countries.

."That was the right call," Chan said on Tuesday, defending the decision taken in July 2009 on advice of the same experts.

"We need to continue to maintain our vigilance and not be complacent," she added, noting that outbreaks continued in countries including India and New Zealand.

The WHO has also firmly rejected allegations that it acted under the influence of drug companies in declaring a pandemic.

The experts' discussions by teleconference -- shrouded in secrecy -- lasted nearly three hours on Tuesday, WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said.

WHO RECOMMENDS CONTINUED VACCINATION

In June 2009, the WHO said a new swine flu virus, H1N1, that emerged in the United States and Mexico and spread around the world in six weeks, was the first pandemic since 1968. A full pandemic corresponds to phase 6 on the WHO's six-point scale for measuring the spread of a disease.

Experts analyzed the level of infections in the southern hemisphere, where it is winter, and examined whether H1N1 was behaving more like a seasonal flu.

Chan said that three viruses were circulating as part of a "mixed virus pattern," typically seen during seasonal epidemics. These were H1N1 and H3N2 -- both type 'A' influenza -- as well as type 'B'.

Either H1N1 vaccine or a trivalent (triple shot) vaccine against the three strains should be used to inoculate those at risk, depending on their availability, she said.

Recent studies indicated that 20-40 percent of populations in some areas have been infected by the H1N1 and therefore have some level of immunity. Many others have been vaccinated, increasing community-wide immunity, Chan said.

The WHO's assessment of whether the disease is a pandemic or not is important for national health authorities. Chan's pandemic adviser, Keiji Fukuda, said the new status meant that governments could now scale down their surveillance and other measures.

Dozens of companies make influenza vaccines, including Sanofi-Aventis, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, AstraZeneca and CSL. Roche makes the frontline antiviral oseltamivir, marketed as Tamiflu.

Some 18,450 people worldwide are confirmed to have died from H1N1 infections, including many pregnant women and young people.

But WHO says that it will take at least a year after the pandemic ends to determine the true death toll, which is likely to be much higher.

Seasonal flu kills up to an estimated 500,000 people a year, 90 percent of them frail elderly people, according to the WHO. The 1957 and 1968 pandemics killed about two million and one million people, respectively, it says.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 12:36 pm 
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niman wrote:
Some 18,450 people worldwide are confirmed to have died from H1N1 infections, including many pregnant women and young people.

But WHO says that it will take at least a year after the pandemic ends to determine the true death toll, which is likely to be much higher.

Seasonal flu kills up to an estimated 500,000 people a year, 90 percent of them frail elderly people, according to the WHO. The 1957 and 1968 pandemics killed about two million and one million people, respectively, it says.


Are we to believe that in each "normal year" 500,000 people dye from seasonal flu, but that in 2009, pH1N1 pushed out all other seasonal influenza strains and only killed 18,450 (based on preliminary numbers)? So during the pandemic year of 2009, the pandemic strain actually indirectly saved 481,550 deaths?


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 12:49 pm 
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spentitall wrote:
niman wrote:
Some 18,450 people worldwide are confirmed to have died from H1N1 infections, including many pregnant women and young people.

But WHO says that it will take at least a year after the pandemic ends to determine the true death toll, which is likely to be much higher.

Seasonal flu kills up to an estimated 500,000 people a year, 90 percent of them frail elderly people, according to the WHO. The 1957 and 1968 pandemics killed about two million and one million people, respectively, it says.


Are we to believe that in each "normal year" 500,000 people dye from seasonal flu, but that in 2009, pH1N1 pushed out all other seasonal influenza strains and only killed 18,450 (based on preliminary numbers)? So during the pandemic year of 2009, the pandemic strain actually indirectly saved 481,550 deaths?

WHO has two sets of books (lab confirmed and extrapolated from P&I). In the US, lab confirmed influenza is about 0.1% in a typical season (30,000 lab confirmed out of 30 million cases, representing 10% of the population of 300 million).

The P&I for week 30 in the US in 2009 was 5.91% when WHO says there was a pandemic. In week 30 in 2010 (last week) the P&I was 6.26%, when WHO declared the pandemic over.

WHO is a political organization specializing in health related propaganda.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 1:01 pm 
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Panic over! World Health Organisation announces swine flu pandemic has finally ended
By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 5:19 PM on 10th August 2010
Comments (0) Add to My Stories The swine flu pandemic is over and the global outbreak was much less severe than was feared, the World Health Organisation said today.
But the new swine flu virus, which sparked the first pandemic warning in more than 40 years, will continue to circulate as part of seasonal influenza for years to come.
The H1N1 virus still threatens high-risk groups including pregnant women who would benefit from vaccination against it, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said.
Pandemic over: Children wearing masks playing at a Hong Kong kindergarten. The World Health Organisation today announced the swine flu outbreak had ended
'We are now moving into the post-pandemic period. The new H1N1 virus has largely run its course,' she added.
Stockpiles of swine flu vaccines will remain effective against the strain and so far the virus has not developed widespread resistance to the anti-viral oseltamivir.
The downgrading of the outbreak to 'post-pandemic' was based on recommendations by external influenza experts who conducted a review.
The UN agency has been heavily criticised for its handling of the first pandemic of the 21st century.
Vigilance: WHO Director-General Margaret Chan has said the H1N1 virus will circulate as seasonal flu for years to come
Miss Chan said: 'We need to continue to maintain our vigilance and not be complacent.'
Outbreaks have continued in some countries including India and New Zealand.
The WHO has firmly rejected allegations that it acted under the influence of drug companies when it declared a pandemic.
In June last year, it said a new swine flu virus which emerged in the U.S. and Mexico and spread around the world in six weeks as the first pandemic since 1968.
Experts analysed the level of infections in the southern hemisphere, where it is winter, and whether H1N1 was behaving more like a seasonal flu.
Miss Chan said that three viruses were circulating as part of a 'mixed virus pattern' typically seen during seasonal epidemics.
Recent studies indicated that 20 to 40 per cent of populations in some areas had been infected by H1N1 and therefore had some level of immunity.
Many others have been vaccinated, increasing the wider community immunity.
Keiji Fukuda, an adviser to Miss Chan, said the new status of swine flu meant governments could now scale down their surveillance.
Some 18,450 people worldwide are confirmed to have died from swine flu infections, including many pregnant women and young people.
The WHO has said it will take at least a year after the end of the pandemic to determine the true death toll.
Seasonal flu kills up to an estimated 500,000 people a year, 90 per cent of them frail elderly people.
The 1957 and 1968 pandemics killed around two million and one million people respectively.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldne ... z0wDuLMRvb

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 3:28 pm 
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Last year , by the pH1N1 rise John M. Barry published a short essay in Nature reminding the 1918 pandemic tragic events:
“Pandemics: avoiding the mistakes of 1918”

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“Although a false alarm can be damaging, it is not nearly as damaging as silence — the type of silence that makes people believe the truth is being withheld.
That is how trust disintegrates and how rumours — passed in the streets in 1918, today passed over Internet blogs — take hold and grow.”

We may hope that all of the 1918 mistakes were carefully avoided and that WHO “post-pandemic” period turns out to be a calm period ...

Full article:
http://www.cfids.org/cfidslink/2009/avo ... stakes.pdf


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