GENEVA (Kyodo) The outbreak of swine flu in Japan is drawing global attention and the country’s response is hoped to set an example for other Asian nations, a World Health Organization expert said.

Speaking to a group of Japanese reporters, Nahoko Shindo, a WHO medical officer, welcomed the responses taken so far by the government but warned that the new H1N1 virus may not have revealed its “real nature” in Japan and Europe because infected people have been treated promptly with antiflu drugs, unlike in North America.

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