World Health Organization Flu Update: No Travel Restrictions
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Thursday, June 11, 2009, that the scientific criteria for an influenza pandemic have been met, based on the spread of H1N1 influenza A. WHO has, therefore, raised their pandemic alert level from phase 5 to phase 6.
The WHO has reiterated that the overall severity of the pandemic is moderate; most people recover from the infection without the need for hospitalization. Overall levels of serious illness are similar to seasonal influenza, and hospitals and healthcare systems have been able to accommodate people seeking care. WHO continues to recommend no restrictions on travel and no border closures.
The Office of International Studies at Goucher College will continue to monitor this situation in countries where Goucher students are studying abroad.