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WHO official says world edging towards pandemic

The spread of H1N1 flu in Australia, Britain, Chile, Japan and Spain has nudged the world closer to a pandemic, the World Health Organisation said on Tuesday.

The newly-discovered strain had caused more infections than seasonal influenza at the start of Chile’s flu season, raising concern about how it would spread in the southern hemisphere, according to Keiji Fukuda, the WHO’s acting assistant director-general. (Reuters)