This post is offered to clarify the WHO declaration the spread of the A (H1N1) virus has now reached Phase 5 and how to indicate how close we might be to an official, WHO-defined pandemic.
- Complete your readiness plan gap analysis this week.
- Immediately commence filling gaps.
Currently we are at Phase 5
Phase 5 is characterized by human-to-human spread of the virus into at least two countries in one WHO region. While most countries will not be affected at this stage, the declaration of Phase 5 is a strong signal that a pandemic is imminent and that the time to finalize the organization, communication, and implementation of the planned mitigation measures is short.
Phase 6, the pandemic phase, is characterized by community-level outbreaks in at least one other country in a different WHO region in addition to the criteria defined in Phase 5. Designation of this phase will indicate that a global pandemic is under way.
World Health Organization Regions Nations Reporting H1N1 as of 30/4/09
African Region 0
Eastern Mediterranean Region 1
European Region 6
Regions of the Americas 4
South-East Asia Region 0
Western Pacific Region 1
Reported Cases Per Nation as of 30/4/09
Unities States 93
New Zealand 14
South Korea 1
Costa Rica 1
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