WHO Upgrades Swine-Flu Alert

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Dr. Margaret Chan, the director general of the World Health Organization, just raised the "pandemic threat awareness level" to phase five (out of six), which basically means that the world is at imminent risk of a pandemic from H1N1 swine flu. This is a largely bureaucratic distinction involving funding and preparedness, so it's still not yet time for anybody to start running anywhere in hazmat suits, because seriously, that freaks us out. [Reuters]