"The world is better prepared for an influenza pandemic than at any time in history," Chan said. "For the first time in history we can track the pandemic in real time."
In Mexico up to 159 people have died and about 1,300 more are being tested. In the United States a 22-month-old boy has died in Texas while on a visit from Mexico.
According to the WHO's pandemic flu response guidelines, a Phase 5 alert is called when there is sustained human-to-human spread of the virus in at least two countries in one region.After the first swine flu death occurred in Mexico and the number of U.S. cases approached 100, Chan and the other women we noted Monday kept working on coordinating responses to the epidemic. And today they gained a new partner, in the form of Kathleen Sebelius, the newly confirmed U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. Continue reading at Women's Voices For Change.