GENEVA (AP) - Officials say the World Health Organization is
likely to declare the first flu pandemic in 41 years as swine flu
infections continued to climb in the United States, Europe,
Australia, South America and elsewhere.
Scottish Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said the declaration
of a pandemic - a global epidemic - would probably come after a WHO
emergency meeting Thursday.
WHO spokesman Thomas Abraham said the emergency meeting would
begin at noon (1000 GMT, 6 a.m.) in Geneva and WHO member nations
would be informed of the result.
Officials at U.N. missions in Geneva also said they expected the
announcement of a pandemic.
The declaration of a pandemic would push drugmakers to
fast-track production of a swine flu vaccine.