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Kindergarten students wear masks while attending a lesson in Hong Kong April 30, 2009. The World Health Organization said on Wednesday the world is at the brink of a pandemic, raising its threat level as the swine flu virus spread and killed the first person outside of Mexico, a toddler in Texas. Credits: REUTERS/Tyrone Siu (CHINA EDUCATION HEALTH)

Kindergarten students wear masks while attending a lesson in Hong Kong April 30, 2009. The World Health Organization said on Wednesday the world is at the brink of a pandemic, raising its threat level as the swine flu virus spread and killed the first person outside of Mexico, a toddler in Texas.
Credits: REUTERS/Tyrone Siu (CHINA EDUCATION HEALTH)

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has raised it pandemic alert to Phase 5 for the current influenza flu outbreak.

Phase 5 is characterized by human-to-human spread of the virus into at least two countries in one WHO region. While most countries will not be affected at this stage, the declaration of Phase 5 is a strong signal that a pandemic is imminent.

Please download Caritas Internationalis guidance document which focuses on various useful measures that can be implemented by Caritas Member organizations. The material can be adapted according to the needs of the general public and community organizations.

This planning document will encourage Caritas member organizations to be well informed and strategically prepared to confront the potential global threat of pandemic influenza. The information it contains has been elaborated in close collaboration between the World Health Organization’s Pandemic Influenza Unit and the Caritas Internationalis Delegation in Geneva.

Latest update from Caritas Mexico (in Spanish)