Officials at the World Health Organisation have apologised after a technician accidentally turned up the swine flu alert level to 7.5, killing 90 million people in the process. The incident happened on Sunday, when two IT engineers undertook essential maintainance in the WHO basement; one of the men noticed that the dial went ‘all the way up to 11′, and wondered what would happen if they ‘cranked it up a bit.’
Staff discovered the error on Monday morning, following reports that most of Mexico, Ecuador and Kansas had been wiped out. Several hundred people in the UK were also reported to be ‘feeling a bit poorly’ and were planning to ‘work from home for the next couple of days if that’s OK.’
A spokesperson for the WHO reassured journalists that the level had been reset to 5, officially designated ‘Mild Tabloid Kerfuffle’.