EOC Situation Report #21
Thursday, 11 June 2009
6:00 pm, EDT
- The World Health Organization raised its global pandemic alert level to Phase 6 today. This means that sustained community transmission of a new influenza virus has now been confirmed in more than one WHO region, and that a global pandemic is now officially declared. Read the Director General's statement to the press.
- It is important to note that the change in phase reflects geographical spread of the new influenza A (H1N1) virus, and not the severity of illness that it causes.
- At this time, WHO considers the overall severity of the influenza pandemic to be moderate. This assessment is based on scientific evidence available to WHO, as well as input from its Member States on the pandemic's impact on their health systems, and their social and economic functioning.
- Countries should prepare to see cases, or the further spread of cases, in the near future. Countries where outbreaks appear to have peaked should prepare for a second wave of infection.
- Guidance on specific protective and precautionary measures has been sent to ministries of health in all countries. Countries with no or only a few cases should remain vigilant.
- Countries with widespread transmission should focus on the appropriate management of patients. The testing and investigation of patients should be limited, as such measures are resource intensive and can very quickly strain capacities.
- WHO continues to recommend no restrictions on travel and no border closures.
- For the latest reports on the status of Influenza A(H1N1) in the Americas please check the daily epidemiological alerts available in the PAHO website.
- Guidance for national authorities.
- PAHO's influenza A (H1N1) portal.
- Pan American Health Organization website.
- World Health Organization website.
- For constant updates on the influenza A(H1N1) situation, check the PAHO and WHO channels in Twitter.
The PAHO/WHO Emergency Operations Center Situation Report will issue situation reports as the situation requires.
HSS Recent Publications
- Regional bulletin for the availability of antimalalrial medicines: First Quarter 2014
- Core Competencies for Public Health: A Regional Framework for the Americas
- Report of the Expert Committee for the Selection and Inclusion of Medicines in the Pan American Health Organization Strategic Fund
- Regional bulletin for the availability of antimalarial medicines
- Caribbean Pharmaceutical Policy 
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- CD42/15 Essential Public Health Functions
- CD42/13 Rev. Pharmaceutical Regulatory Harmonization in The Americas
- CSP26.R19 Extension of Social Protection in Health: Joint Initiative of the Pan American Health Organization and the International Labour Organization
- CD46 Regional Declaration on the New Orientations for Primary Health Care (Declaration of Montevideo)
- CD46.R5 Progress Report on the Global Safe Blood Initiative and Plan of Action for 2005-2010
- CSP27.R10 Regional Policy and Strategy for Ensuring Quality of Health Care, Including Patient Safety
- CSP27.R7 Regional Goals for Human Resources for Health 2007-2015
- CD48.R16 Health and International Relations: Linkages with National Health Development
- CD48.R15 Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property: a Regional Perspective
- CD48.R7 Improving Blood Availability and Transfusion Safety in the Americas
- CD49.R22 Integrated Health Services Delivery Networks Based on Primary Health Care
- CD49.R18 Policy Framework for Human Organ donation and transplantation
- CD49.R10 Policy on Research for Health
- CD50.R9 Strengthening National Regulatory Authorities for Medicines and Biologicals
- CD50.R7 Strategy for Health Personnel Competency Development in Primary Health Care-based Health Systems
- CD50/11 Strategy for Health Personnel Competency Development in Primary Health Care-based Health Systems
- CE148/INF/5 Implementation of the Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation, and Intellectual Property
- CSP28/INF/3 — Progress Reports on Technical Matters: Regional Goals for Human Resources for Health 2007-2015
- CSP28/INF/2 — Report of the PAHO/WHO Advisory Committee on Health Research
- CSP28/18, Rev. 1 Regional Consultation on the Report of the Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination
- CSP28.R15 Radiation Protection and Safety of Radiation Sources: International Basic Safety Standards
- CSP28/17, Rev. 1 Radiation Protection and Safety of Radiation Sources: International Basic Safety Standards
- CSP28.R3 Expanded Textbook and Instructional Materials Program (PALTEX)
- CSP28/15 Expanded Textbook and Instructional Materials Program (PALTEX)
- CSP28.R9. Health Technology Assessment and Incorporation into Health Systems
- CSP28/11 Health Technology Assessment and Incorporation into Health Systems