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Israel to raise readiness level for swine flu
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Israeli Health Ministry Tuesday proposed to raise the preparedness level for swine flu from Phase 3 to Phase 4, local media reported.

The Health Ministry said in a statement that the change in preparedness levels will not involve any serious operative changes, since the ministry had contingencies for such a situation.

On Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised its global alert level from Phase 3 to Phase 4, signaling the swine flu virus was spreading from human to human in community outbreaks, but it did not declare a full-blown pandemic.

According to the WHO's program for dealing with possible influenza pandemics in such cases, Phase 3 deals with preparedness for only sporadic infection of humans by animals, whereas Phase 4 deals with readiness for virus spread caused by sustained human to human transmission.

(Xinhua News Agency April 28, 2009)

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