Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Recent news from WHO

  • WHO sent a signal to governments to prepare in case of an influenza pandemic. On 25 April, a day after WHO reported that a new strain of influenza A (H1N1) was infecting people in Mexico and the United States of America (USA), WHO announced phase 3 of pandemic alert. Two days later, it increased the warning to phase 4 and then, on 29 April, to phase 5 after sustained community transmission was established in Mexico and the USA. The new virus strain spread across the world, reaching more than 40 countries in four of WHO’s six regions by mid-May.
  • WHO, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) issued a joint statement on 7 May to clarify their position on the safety of pork products. WHO and its partners said that influenza viruses were not known to be transmissible to people through eating processed pork or other food products derived from pigs.
  • The United Nations Environment Programme and WHO, in partnership with the Global Environment Facility, announced on 6 May a renewed international effort to combat malaria with an incremental reduction of reliance on the synthetic pesticide DDT.

For more about these and other WHO news items please see: http://www.who.int/mediacentre