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Watch out for nasty global flu surprises, WHO warns

The world remains highly vulnerable to a possible severe flu pandemic and governments should increase surveillance, vigilance and preparedness, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. "Nothing about influenza is predi

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AIDS pandemic ‘has reached tipping point’

The world has finally reached "the beginning of the end" of the AIDS pandemic that has infected and killed millions in the past 30 years, according to a leading campaign group fighting HIV. The number of people newly inf

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WHO set to declare end of H1N1 pandemic

The World Health Organisation is likely to announce that the H1N1 flu pandemic is over, indicating infection levels in most places have returned to those normal for seasonal influenza, health officials said. Any decision to downgrade the o

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WHO says H1N1 flu pandemic continues

The H1N1 pandemic is not yet over although its most intense activity has passed in many parts of the world, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday after a review of the flu outbreak by independent experts. The WHO emergency committ

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WHO experts to assess if flu pandemic over

World Health Organisation expert advisers could on Tuesday determine that the H1N1 flu pandemic is fully over, or may deem it is still circulating in the southern hemisphere and therefore a global threat. The WHO's emergency committee is d

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WHO panel to review H1N1 pandemic status

An expert panel advising the World Health Organisation on pandemics will review the status of the H1N1 virus later this month or in early June to decide whether the swine flu pandemic is over. The Emergency Committee is waiting for the ons

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WHO to assess whether H1N1 has peaked

Health experts will review the status of the H1N1 pandemic in a few weeks to decide whether it has peaked but it is already clear that it is less severe than previous outbreaks, the World Health Organisation said. The WHO's emergency c

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Scientists face questions on Swine flu 'hype'

European scientists and health authorities are facing angry questions about why H1N1 flu has not caused death and destruction on the scale first feared, and they need to respond deftly to ensure public support. Accusations are flying in Br

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Bahrain treats 800 flu patients a day

Up to 800 people a day are being treated as potential swine flu victims at Bahrain's government health centres and hospitals, it was revealed. They are being prescribed the anti-viral drug Tamiflu and sent home to recover, with instruc

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Swine flu gets more active as US schools open

Swine flu is spreading more quickly in the US Southeast, where schools started back earlier than in other areas after the summer break, a US health official said on Wednesday. The pandemic H1N1 influenza virus has been active since March b

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