World Health Organization increases pandemic threat level for Mexico influenza

Fears that the outbreak of Mexico influenza could morph into an international pandemic spread yesterday following the World Health Organization’s (WHO) announcement that it would raise its alert level to Level Four, indicating the disease has already shown sustained human-to-human transmission.

British broadcaster BBC quotes one WHO official who says it is “too late” to contain the spread of the virus from country to country and that officials should instead focus on mitigating its effects.

The Washington Post reports signs have emerged that the outbreak could be beginning to take a toll on the global economy: oil prices, the Mexican peso, and airline stocks all plunged.

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