WHO Raises Pandemic Alert To Level 5

The World Health Organization (WHO) raised its pandemic alert level to 5 Wednesday afternoon, the second-highest level, indicating that the swine flu outbreak is moving closer toward becoming a pandemic.

Dr. Margaret Chan, the agency’s Director-General, said the decision to raise the alert was based on the latest scientific evidence on the outbreak.

Level 6 is the final stage, indicating a global pandemic of a new and deadly disease.

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