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 Over 2500 confirmed cases of influenza A(H1N1) in Europe 
 16 June 2009 
 As of 06:00 GMT on 16 June, 30 of the 53 Member States in the WHO European Region had reported a total of 2572 cases of influenza A(H1N1) to WHO/Europe. On 14 June 2009, the United Kingdom confirmed the first fatal case of influenza A(H1N1) in Europe, also the first outside the Americas. The vast majority of individuals with the virus have presented with mild illness. 
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 30 countries have reported influenza A(H1N1): cases in Europe rise 
 11 June 2009 
 Since the update of 5 June, Ukraine has reported a new laboratory-confirmed case of influenza A(H1N1). As of 22:00 GMT on 11 June, 30 of the 53 countries in the WHO European Region had reported a total of 1803 cases to WHO/Europe. The number of reported cases increased by 89% from 5 to 11 June. On 11 June, WHO raised the level of influenza A(H1N1) pandemic alert to phase 6. The pandemic is characterized as of moderate severity. 
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 Influenza A (H1N1): pandemic alert phase 6 declared, of moderate severity 
 11 June 2009 
 Today WHO raised the level of influenza A(H1N1) pandemic alert to phase 6, as sustained community-level transmission of the virus is taking place in more than one region of the world. The pandemic is characterized as of moderate severity. Most of the cases have been mild, but even mild cases and the current level of severe cases could have a significant impact on health systems and society. 
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Every year, seasonal influenza affects 5-15% of the population in the Northern hemisphere. Many of these people consult a doctor. Most of them do not need medical treatment but 3-5 million infections cause severe disease resulting in hospitalization or even death. Influenza therefore significantly affects not only the public but also health systems and the economy.

WHO/Europe works with Member States to ensure that:

  • they collect timely information on influenza activity each season to inform health service policies for prevention and treatment;
  • early warning systems are in place to detect the emergence of novel influenza viruses with pandemic potential; and
  • planning is done to protect the population in the event of a worldwide influenza pandemic.

This is done through national focal points, training, meetings and dissemination of publications and examples of good practice. 

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