According to a story in the Los Angeles Times, it is “premature” to declare that the swine flu epidemic has peaked, a panel of experts convened by the World Health Organization said Tuesday.
The panel had been widely expected to say that the outbreak of pandemic H1N1 influenza had passed its peak and was now tailing off. The experts cautioned, however, that the virus had only recently reached Africa and that another wave of illness is expected in the Southern Hemisphere in the next few months as fall and winter approach.
In other swine flu news, the Food and Drug Administration’s vaccine advisory committee on Monday recommended that swine flu be incorporated as one of the three viruses in next year’s seasonal flu vaccine.
The move was widely expected because swine flu is the predominant virus now circulating in the United States and most of the world.