11 Aug 2010

WHO declares swine flu pandemic over

8:48 am on 11 August 2010

The World Health Organisation has declared the swine flu pandemic over, more than a year after it was declared.

The WH O says the virus has largely run its course and the world is now moving into the post-pandemic period.

Health officials say the announcement indicates infection levels in most places have returned to those normal for seasonal influenza.

More than 18,000 people worldwide are confirmed to have died from H1N1 infections since the virus emerged in the middle of last year, spreading around the world in six weeks.

The pandemic was the first to be declared since 1968.