More than 11,000 people around the world have died as a result of the H1N1 flu since the pandemic began in April, the World Health Organization says. The flu appears to have peaked in Western Europe and North America and is on the decline across Asia, the WHO reports.
The H1N1 flu virus has claimed 2,827 lives so far but has shown no signs of mutation to a more deadly form, the World Health Organization says. About 250,000 laboratory-confirmed cases of the flu have been registered, and WHO expects 2 billion people eventually might be infected.
Cases of H1N1 flu have appeared in Bhutan, Tonga, American Samoa and other remote parts of the world, according to the World Health Organization. The spread to far-flung locales reinforces previous WHO warnings regarding the impossibility of containing H1N1's spread.
Drug-resistant cases of the H1N1 flu remain isolated and do not represent a major shift in the disease's course, the World Health Organization says. So far all cases that have shown resistance to Tamiflu have been successfully treated with other antiviral medicines.
Millions of people every year contract cholera, but due to stigma and misunderstanding, less than a tenth of cases are reported, the World Health Organization said Monday. Governments need to do more to prevent cholera outbreaks through improved water and sewage systems and better education about hygiene practices.