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The official death toll — once predicted to be in the millions — reached 18,449 last week and WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said she agreed with experts that swine flu has "largely run its course."

"This pandemic has turned out to be much more fortunate than what we feared a little over a year ago," Chan said.

While the Hong Kong-born U.N. health chief put this down to good preparation and luck — the virus didn’t mutate as some feared — the admission that swine flu isn’t the threat it was made out to be could be seized on by critics who say the global body hyped the pandemic.

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