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April 29, 2009
WHO raises pandemic alert level over swine flu outbreak

The World Health Organization raised its pandemic alert from phase four to phase five — one step short of a full-scale pandemic. “Phase five is a strong signal that a pandemic is imminent,” a WHO representative said. 

More than 90 cases of the disease have now been reported throughout the United States, and the first U.S. death attributed to swine flu was reported. Of course, Mexico is where the disease started — or so it seems — and where it continues to do the most harm. At least 150 people there have died from the disease. 

Laurie Garrett, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the origin of the flu. She also discusses various government responses to the flu, including discouraging public gatherings in Mexico, slaughtering pigs in Egypt and shutting down pig farms in Jordan.

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