“The situation continues to evolve rapidly.”

According to the BBC report, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has raised the global pandemic alert to 5 [of 6], noting human-to-human transmission in at least two countries, after officials in Spain confirmed the first case of swine flu in a person who has not travelled to Mexico – WHO swine influenza website currently says level 4.. Now shows level 5. What is still not clear is how severe cases beyond Mexico will be – as noted previously, so far only mild symptoms have been recorded. From the BBC

Announcing the increased alert level, WHO Director General Margaret Chan urged all countries to activate their pandemic plans – including heightened surveillance and infection control measures.