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Ontario H1N1 Swine Flu Update June 11: 1,562 Total Cases, 10 in Hospital. Oh, and It’s a Pandemic.

B&W_AntigenicShift_HiResCropOntario’s update yesterday brought the total number of cases in the province to 1,562 with two deaths, both fatalities having been people with underlying medical conditions.  The number of people hospitalized has increased from 6 to 10 since our last update (no word on the turn-over in that number), some of whom do and some of whom do not have underlying medical conditions.

Notably, the World Health Organization finally gave up the ghost today and declared Swine Flu to be a Phase 6 pandemic (duh), but made sure to note that it’s not severe:

“At this early stage, the pandemic can be characterized globally as being moderate in severity,” WHO said in the statement. A spokesman added that the term pandemic was “measure of the spread of the virus, not the severity of the virus.”

So we have a historic, but not too scary, announcement.  I guess the delay allowed some desensitization to the idea of a Phase 6 pandemic declaration.  Meanwhile, lest you slip from panicked straight to complacent, here are the Ontario stats:

Ontario Swine Flu cases total June 10

Some leveling-off on new cases, maybe:

Ontario Swine Flu cases average June 10

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