A spokesperson for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has named the swine flu outbreak as an international event that could see the continuation of the global recession.
IMF first deputy managing director John Lipsky said the risks inherent in the new virus were hard to predict but may have "notable economic effects" and warned that the recession was "far from over".
Confirmed cases of swine flu have reached 8,000 victims worldwide, with more than 70 dead from the virus.
The infection has reached Japan where more than 100 cases have been confirmed. Schools have been closed to prevent the spread of the virus.