The American Nurses Association (ANA) acknowledges the World Health Organization's (WHO) declaration to raise the level of the influenza pandemic alert of the H1N1 Swine flu from Phase 5 to Phase 6 status. Phase 6 denotes the geographic spread of the disease. It does not measure the severity of the virus.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has stated that no new response efforts will take place as a result of this declaration, because a Phase 6 declaration has to do with geography not severity.
Substantial international efforts are underway to measure the continued spread of the virus and any changes in severity or populations affected.
The ANA will continue its work monitoring the release of information and consulting with health officials on policies and response plans related to this pandemic.