H1N1 “Pandemic” Close to Over

The Centers for Disease Control says that Swine Flu is, pardon the expression, dying down in the US:

U.S. cases have been declining since October. An official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says swine flu cases are still occurring and are likely to continue a while longer at some level.

But another expert said a future large wave of cases now seems very unlikely. The expert, Vanderbilt University’s Dr. William Schaffner, said the epidemic has “one foot in the grave.”

Meanwhile, the Whole Health Organization says that “pandemic activity is declining across most of the world” as deaths have topped — wait for it — 15,000 out of the 6.8 billion people on the planet. That translates to 0.00022 percent of the world population.

Makes the word “pandemic” a whole lot less scary, doesn’t it?

HT to both links to Drudge.

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Posted February 5th, 2010 Filed in International, Media Spin