While the spectre of a flu pandemic is not inevitable countries should prepare for the worst — that is the latest message coming from the World Health Organisation.
As governments around the planet try to get to grips with the virus, the WHO said it would turn its attention to developing countries, if a pandemic emerges. WHO Acting Assistant Director-General Keiji Fukuda said: “We are also looking ahead to the possibility that we can go to a pandemic situation. And one of the important tasks at this point is to anticipate the needs of countries if we go into that situation” Elsewhere, the EU says it currently has no current plans to put in place a travel ban. EU Commissioner for Health Androulla Vassiliou said:“We expect the situation in the EU to change over the course of the next few days. Precautionary measures are advisable but at this juncture I don’t see any point of restricting travelling.” In Glasgow, the UK’s first two victims of swine flu — a newly-wed couple who returned from their Mexico honeymoon with the bug — are said to be recovering well.