World Health Organization States Swine flu Pandemic is Over

Dr Margaret Chan, ailment director general of WHO, physician said on Tuesday that the 2009 H1N1 virus had “largely run its course”, 14 months after pandemic status was declared.

She said: “Globally, the levels and patterns of H1N1 transmission now being seen differ significantly from what was observed during the pandemic.

The virus, which turned out to be far less deadly than originally feared, was now “moving into the post-pandemic period”, according to Dr Chan, but this did not mean it had gone away.

“Based on experience with past pandemics, we expect the H1N1 virus to take on the behaviour of a seasonal influenza virus and continue to circulate for some years to come,” she said.

The immediate post-pandemic period was “unpredictable”, she said, warning: “Continued vigilance is extremely important.”