WHO: up to 2 billion people might get swine flu

May 07, 2009

(AP) -- The World Health Organization says up to 2 billion people could be infected by swine flu, if the current outbreak turns into a pandemic.

WHO chief Keiji Fukuda says the number wasn't a prediction, but that past experience with flu pandemics indicated one-third of the world's population gets infected.

Fukuda says that with a world population of 6 billion people, it's "reasonable" to expect that kind of infection tally.

He said WHO is unable to know what the future holds, and it is impossible now to say whether the pandemic would be mild or severe.

WHO has said it believes a global swine is imminent, and last week it raised its alert to five, one step short of a .

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legonadir
not rated yet May 08, 2009
As compared with the regular flu which gets 10-20% of the world population and looks more deadly.