GENEVA, April 25 The World Health Organisation
said on Saturday it will hold an emergency meeting at 1400 GMT
to discuss a deadly swine flu strain outbreak in Mexico and the
WHO Director-General Margaret Chan called the "virtual
meeting" that will link public health authorities and experts in
various parts of the world "to seek their advice and guidance,"
WHO spokesman Fadela Chaib told Reuters.
Chan will also brief journalists about the outbreak -- which
has killed up to 68 people in Mexico and infected 8 in the
United States -- on a teleconference before the virtual meeting
starts, at 1300 GMT.
The experts will not necessarily issue firm recommendations
on Saturday. Once more details are clear about the virus and its
risks, the emergency panel could recommend a change in the WHO's
pandemic alert level -- currently at 3 on a scale of 1 to 6 --
or recommend travel advisories to control the flu's spread.
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Writing by Laura MacInnis)