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Swine flu pandemic is confirmed

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The Director General of the World Health Organization, Doctor Margaret Chan, has formally stated that the swine flu outbreak is now a global pandemic.

Speaking at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Dr Chan said the further spread of the virus was inevitable.

However she added there was good reason to believe it would be of moderate severity in its early days.

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