Pandemic

WHO: Swine Flu Surge Looms

The World Health Organization says swine flu will continue to spread in an "explosion" of cases in the coming months, jeopardizing the health of many around the world. WHO's Western Pacific director cautions of an “explosion in case numbers” in many countries, which could see H1N1 incidences double every three to four days for several months as temperatures decrease. The virus has already claimed the lives of almost 1,800 people worldwide and will continue to cause deaths internationally, especially in developing countries, which are ill-equipped to battle the strain. Though WHO’s flu chief, Keiji Fukuda, noted that two drug manufacturers have already pledged to donate 150 million doses of the vaccine to poor countries by the end of October, “how we get them to developing countries,” Fukuda said, “is probably the most critical issue.”