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Rebel Yell
04-29-2009, 11:36 AM
A member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has dismissed claims that more than 150 people have died from swine flu, saying it has officially recorded only seven deaths around the world.

Vivienne Allan, from WHO's patient safety program, said the body had confirmed that worldwide there had been just seven deaths - all in Mexico - and 79 confirmed cases of the disease.


"Unfortunately that [150-plus deaths] is incorrect information and it does happen, but that's not information that's come from the World Health Organisation," Ms Allan told ABC Radio today.

"That figure is not a figure that's come from the World Health Organisation and, I repeat, the death toll is seven and they are all from Mexico."

Ms Allan said WHO had confirmed 40 cases of swine flu in the Americas, 26 in Mexico, six in Canada, two in Spain, two in Britain and three in New Zealand.

Ms Allan said it was difficult to measure how fast the virus was spreading.

She said a real concern would be if the flu virus manifested in a country where a person had had no contact with Mexico, and authorities were watching all countries for signs of that.

"There is no pattern that has emerged at this stage to be able to say that it is spreading in a particular way or it is spreading into a particular country ... the situation is continuing to evolve," she said.

She said the WHO was not recommending against overseas travel, but urged those who felt sick to stay home and others to ensure they kept their hands clean.

No decision had yet been made about vaccinations.

"This virus is not airborne, it's caused by droplets ... so it's not a time for worry. It's a time to be prepared," Ms Allan said.


Who are you gonna believe, the WHO or Geraldo?

http://www.smh.com.au/world/only-7-swine-flu-deaths-not-152-says-who-20090429-aml1.html

linda22003
04-29-2009, 05:09 PM
This seems odd, since I heard on the news on the way home that WHO had confirmed 159 deaths and was raising the rating from Level 4 to Level 5 (Level 6 being a full pandemic).

Sonnabend
04-30-2009, 05:43 AM
The WHO is also bleating about supposed epidemics due to global warming.

Nuff said.

Rebel Yell
04-30-2009, 09:57 AM
This seems odd, since I heard on the news on the way home that WHO had confirmed 159 deaths and was raising the rating from Level 4 to Level 5 (Level 6 being a full pandemic).

The WHO or Geraldo line was meant with no wrong answer.:D

I heard that this morning, too. Of course, I still believe it is overblown panic for the sake of panicing. I'll worry when bprders start getting sealed and inbound flights are suspended.

SarasotaRepub
04-30-2009, 07:02 PM
I can kinda see why the world egg heads are getting upset. They keep talking about parallels to the 1918 or 16 flu break. Apparently it started like this one with a mild strain coming out in the spring. Then the bug mutated and hit the planet real hard
in the fall killing a LOT of people.

Of course things are different now with better meds but bugs like this can also spread a lot faster today. We'll just have to see...