Emergencies preparedness, response

Director-General Statement following the fifth meeting of the Emergency Committee

24 September 2009

The Emergency Committee held its fifth meeting, via e-mail, concluding on 23 September 2009.

The Committee considered a proposal from the WHO Director-General regarding the continuation of three temporary recommendations issued under the IHR with respect to the on-going public health emergency of international concern. There was a consensus on continuing the three temporary recommendations proposed by the Director-General.

Having considered the views of the Emergency Committee, and the ongoing pandemic situation, the Director-General determined it was appropriate to continue these temporary recommendations, namely:

  • countries should not close borders or restrict international traffic and trade;
  • intensify surveillance of unusual flu-like illness & severe pneumonia; and
  • if ill, it is prudent to delay international travel -- if ill after travel seek care.