MOSCOW, June 5 (RIA Novosti) - A total of 21,940
people in 69 countries worldwide have been diagnosed with swine
flu, with 125 deaths, the World Health Organization said on its
website on Friday.
The number of confirmed A/H1N1 infections rose by 2,681
over Thursday. Luxembourg, Saudi Arabia and Barbados reported
their first cases of swine flu.
A WHO committee of experts will hold an emergency session
on Friday from 14:00 to 15:00 GMT to decide on whether a
full-scale pandemic should be declared, AFP reported.
The organization said in mid-May that about 4.9 million
single doses of the A/H1N1 vaccine could be annually produced
worldwide, while up to one third of the world population could
become infected in the case of a global pandemic.
Despite the dramatic media reports that accompanied the
recent outbreak of A/H1N1 or swine flu, leading scientists say
the virus is a mild strain and only a further mutation would
make it a serious threat. Swine flu death rates are around the
norm for seasonal flu fatalities.