Monday, 23 August 2010

Swine Flu Pandemic Over But Virus To Remain Active For Years

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Outbreaks of Swine Flu will continue for years even though the influenza virus has moved into its "post-pandemic period," the World Health Authority (WHO) has warned.

"The new H1N1 virus has largely run its course," said WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan. "As we enter the post-pandemic period, this does not mean that the H1N1 virus has gone away. Based on experience with past pandemics, we expect the H1N1 virus to take on the behaviour of a seasonal influenza virus and continue to circulate for some years to come."

The WHO issued the warning amid criticism of its handling of the flu panic. The UK MP Paul Flynn has alleged that billions of pounds were wasted on Swine Flu vaccines due to wrong advice from the World Health Organisation.

The Newport West MP told the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly last Thursday June that a “terrible mistake” by the WHO panicked the media and governments into fearing the arrival of “a new plague” expected to cause millions of deaths.

Flynn claimed that the Swine Flu which emerged was mild, leaving the British government and others with expensive vaccine stockpiles which they could not use.

“The world was frightened witless with the thought that a plague was coming,” Flynn said. “Billions and billions of Euros were wasted on medicines that will never be used.

“The health services throughout our continent were disrupted. Their priorities were altered looking after swine flu when it wasn’t a serious threat.”

Flynn blamed the “bad science” of the WHO for exaggerating the likely impact of last year’s flu virus and pointed to the disproportionate influence of pharmaceutical companies on its deliberations.

“We are asking why this mistake was made?” he added. “The Swine Flu was very mild. Was the decision taken on the basis of the epidemiology or was it taken in order so that pharmaceutical companies can build their profits.”

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