H1N1: Third Wave Still Possible

GENEVA (Reuters) – The H1N1 flu pandemic appears to be easing, but a third wave of infections could yet strike, the World Health Organization said Monday.

“Pandemic infections are occurring in many countries but overall the pattern is decreasing,” Keiji Fukuda, the WHO’s top flu expert, said at the start of a weeklong meeting of the organization’s Executive Board.

He warned, however, that a new wave of infections could hit the northern hemisphere in late winter or early spring, saying: “This is probably the biggest speculation. We simply do not know.”

The H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, emerged last April and caused the first influenza pandemic in 40 years.

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