WHO: Only 7 swine flu deaths, not 152

WHO downplays what is portrayed by media as a deadly virus. I wonder if the media manipulated facts to get higher ratings. Still, it’s always good notice to always wash your hands, even when during times where pigs stay low profile.

Only 7 swine flu deaths, not 152, says WHO

A member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has dismissed claims that more than 150 people have died from swine flu, saying it has officially recorded only seven deaths around the world.

Vivienne Allan, from WHO’s patient safety program, said the body had confirmed that worldwide there had been just seven deaths – all in Mexico – and 79 confirmed cases of the disease.

“Unfortunately that [150-plus deaths] is incorrect information and it does happen, but that’s not information that’s come from the World Health Organisation,” Ms Allan told ABC Radio today.

“That figure is not a figure that’s come from the World Health Organisation and, I repeat, the death toll is seven and they are all from Mexico.”

She said the WHO was not recommending against overseas travel, but urged those who felt sick to stay home and others to ensure they kept their hands clean.

No decision had yet been made about vaccinations.

“This virus is not airborne, it’s caused by droplets… so it’s not a time for worry. It’s a time to be prepared,” Ms Allan said. (Source: SMH)

Well, it can also be that WHO is wrong.

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