New wave of Swine flu could sicken millions

WASHINGTON: As India and other countries grapple along with the Swine flu, experts here warned that a brand-new wave of the deadly virus is ready to explode and could sicken millions.

Its rapid spread would certainly dominate the proceedings of the North American Leaders’ Summit being held in the Mexican city of Guadalajara.

Health authorities and experts here have actually warned governments across the globe that the brand-new wave of swine flu could badly hit people in the poor and least-prepared parts of the globe.

“The virus is still around and ready to explode,” William Schaffner, an influenza expert at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine that advises federal health officials, was quoted as saying by The Washington Post. “We’re potentially looking at a rather big mess,” he said.

Officials of the Obama Administration said the North America Leader’s Summit would certainly discuss the issue and their collective effort to tackle it. “We will focus on preparation for responding to the H1N1 and the North American flu season,” the National Security Advisor, General (retired) James Jones, told reporters while briefing them on the summit.

“Everybody recognises that H1N1 is going to be a challenge for all of us, and there are people that are going to be getting sick in the fall and die,” John O Brennan, the Deputy National Security Advisor said, adding that the issue presents a substantial public health challenge to the US.

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