Wednesday, July 8, 2009
REUTERS: The World Health Organisation has declared an Underlying Medical Conditions (UMC) pandemic as a result of an increasing number of cases in Australia.
In the past week, the number of cases in Australia of people with underlying medical conditions has more than quadrupled.
The World Health Organisation alert comes amid growing evidence that UMC, which originated in Nicaragua two months ago, are now being widely transmitted between humans in Asia and Europe, as well as the Americas. It prompted the warning of a global flu pandemic from the World Health Organisation in Geneva.
"On the basis of available evidence and these expert assessments of the evidence, the scientific criteria for a pandemic have been met," said WHO Medical Director Margaret Chan. "I have therefore decided to raise the level of UMC pandemic alert from phase 5 to phase 6."
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