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Swine flu wanes, but challenges stay

Wall Street Journal, December 31, 2009

Global health officials' response to the swine-flu pandemic reflects major improvements in flu-fighting capabilities in recent years, but limited vaccine supplies, crowded emergency rooms, and other challenges show they still are not fully equipped to combat a deadlier scourge, the World Health Organization's chief told the Wall Street Journal. While a second wave of infections caused by the H1N1 virus has ebbed in North America and Western Europe, transmission of flu remains intense in Central and Eastern Europe and parts of southern Asia, and health authorities must monitor its spread for another year or more, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan added.