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UN maintains Swine Flu alert level

The number of people infected with the Swine flu, A(H1N1) virus, has topped 2,000 worldwide, the United Nations health agency has said, warning that though symptoms for the vast majority of the cases are mild, there is no room for complacency.

world Updated: May 08, 2009 12:59 IST

The number of people infected with the Swine flu, A(H1N1) virus, has topped 2,000 worldwide, the United Nations health agency has said, warning that though symptoms for the vast majority of the cases are mild, there is no room for complacency.

The World Health Organisation noted yesterday that its international pandemic alert remains at phase 5, on a six-level warning scale, as the number of laboratory confirmed cases rose to 2,099 – up by 441 from Wednesday, including 44 deaths.

Twenty-three countries have reported influenza A(H1N1) infections, with Mexico reporting 1,112 cases and 42 deaths, and the United States confirming 642 cases and two deaths.

"We continue to see human-to-human transmission, community level transmission, primarily in North America,” said WHO Assistant Director-General Keiji Fukuda at the agency’s daily update.

"We are not seeing it yet anywhere else," he said, explaining the decision to maintain the pandemic alert level at phase 5.

Fukuda warned that the situation is still evolving and "we really don’t understand how things are going to go in the future".