UN chief warns of possible new influenza pandemic

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on Monday that the swine flu virus could cause a new influenza pandemic. The UN chief said the United Nations does not know whether a pandemic would be mild or severe, but is concerned that in Mexico most of those who died were young and healthy adults. The swine flu outbreak is the first test of pandemic preparedness work that the international community has undertaken in the last three years, Ban said. Ban noted that that the UN is responding quickly and effectively with Dr. Margaret Chan, head of the World Health Organization, taking the lead.