On Tuesday August 10, 2010, following advice from the International Health Regulation Emergency Committee the WHO Director General declared that the Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 has entered the post pandemic phase. This advice was based on a review of the current epidemiological situation indicating that influenza activity worldwide has returned to levels that are normally seen for seasonal influenza. In particular there has been attention to what is being seen in the Southern Hemisphere Temperate Countries which are now experiencing their winter.
In response to this development the Director of ECDC, Dr Marc Sprenger, said:
“ECDC welcomes the WHO decision to shift to a ‘post pandemic’ phase and declare the pandemic over. ECDC, through its own disease monitoring, has also recognised the trends at a global and European level, which has led to the WHO decision.
The Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 has shown that Europe can cope with a major health crisis. However, it has also identified challenges in our ability to respond and lessons that need to be learnt. One group of gaps, identified by EU countries and ECDC concern surveillance; Surveillance of severe disease (surveillance in hospitals) and deaths; Agreed definitions of severity of a pandemic; Timely information on who has been infected (through seroepidemiology); and Rapid sharing of analyses between member states, even in a crisis.’
ECDC Pandemic Site
ECDC review of Global Epidemiology relevant for Europe