On July 16, 2009, the World Health Organization announced
that the rapid spread of the swine flu visrus was making it impossible to maintain accurate worldwide counts. "The increasing number of cases in many countries with sustained community transmission is making it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for countries to try and confirm them through laboratory testing. Moreover, the counting of individual cases is now no longer essential in such countries for monitoring either the level or nature of the risk posed by the pandemic virus or to guide implementation of the most appropriate response measures. [...]
"For all of these reasons, WHO will no longer issue the global tables showing the numbers of confirmed cases for all countries."
What follows is WHO's latest, and likely last, table reflecting cases and fatalities in Middle East Countries, as of Jul6 16, 2009.
For a country-by-country analysis of the pandemic and its cultural implications in the Middle East, read this country-by-country briefing.
For broader updates on the pandemic, see the WHO's coverage.
Swine Flu Cases in the Middle East
|Country ||Cases ||Deaths |
|Source: World Health Organization|