WHO declares H1N1 pandemic over

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) today declared the H1N1 influenza pandemic over, saying worldwide flu activity has returned to typical seasonal patterns and many people have immunity to the virus.   WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said “The H1N1 virus has largely run its course.”

This likely means that you are unlikely to encounter any additional scrutiny in this area from your examiner, however the FFIEC still requires that all financial institutions have plans in place to detail how they will manage through a pandemic event.   This includes incorporating pandemic into all 4 phases of the planning process.  (See Appendix D of the Business Continuity Planning IT Examination Handbook for additional guidance.)

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