HONG KONG - The head of the World Health Organization said Monday the swine flu virus had apparently not yet mutated into a more serious disease and that the development of vaccines was proceeding on track.
CAIRO - Muslims worldwide on Sunday celebrated Eid al-Fitr marking the end of Ramadan, but authorities urged caution as large gatherings and returning Mecca pilgrims fuelled fears of swine flu spreading.
CHICAGO, Sept 18 - Cramped living quarters on college campuses increase students' chances of being infected with all kinds of flu, but scrupulous hand hygiene and simple face masks may help some stay healthy, at least until swine flu vaccines become available next month, health experts say.
LA PAZ – Bolivian banks have banned customers from wearing masks on their premises, in a bid to curb an epidemic of robberies by people taking advantage of swine flu fears to hide their faces.
DUBAI - Saudi Arabia has dismissed fears of swine flu striking the hundreds of thousands of Muslims expected normally to perform the Hajj (pilgrimage) in Mecca despite other Arab nations' concerns over the A(H1N1) virus.
COPENHAGEN - Swine flu will have a "devastating effect" on poor countries where lives will be lost due to ill-equipped health care facilities, the World Health Organization warned on Tuesday.