The World Health Organisation has raised its swine flu threat assessment to Level 4 from Level 3 on its 6-point scale. WHO official Keiji Fukuda (photo) clarified that the swine flu virus could become a pandemic transmitted from person to person.
Southern Mexico was hit by a 6.0 magnitude earthquake that shook buildings in the capital, Mexico City, but there were no immediate reports of deaths or damage. The country is meanwhile struggling to contain a swine flu outbreak.
Life in Mexico is subdued. Shops and department stores are empty, and no-one wants to take any chances. But many people are not wearing their masks and are trying to lead their lives as normally as possible.
Europe has reported its first Swine flu cases with two in Britain and one in Spain. The World Health Organisation has announced that it is considering raising its alert level as the number of Swine flu cases shows no sign of slowing.
Suspected cases of the new multi-strain swine flu have cropped up across the globe as Mexico City's death toll rises above 100. The United States has declared a public health emergency after an outbreak of the virus across the country.
Three people out of four tested for swine flu in France came up negative, but one woman in the Paris region is still suspected of having contracted the virus. French health officials say they're ready for an eventual outbreak of the flu.
The United States declared a public health emergency on Sunday after an outbreak of swine flu across the country. Possible cases of the disease have cropped up across the globe, from Europe to New Zealand.
New York City's mayor confirmed on Sunday that eight school children have a mild form of swine flu, but the disease does not appear to be spreading rapidly as yet. The WHO says it has started work on a possible vaccine.
The H1N1 flu strain is a heretofore unknown mixture of viruses from swine, birds and humans, with early symptoms similar to those of the common flu. Here are a few facts about the nature and spread of swine flu.