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Outbreak in Mexico, U.S. tied to new swine flu

April 24, 2009
MSNBC
4/24/2009

Mexico shut down schools, museums, libraries and state-run theaters across its overcrowded capital Friday in hopes of containing a swine flu outbreak that authorities say killed at least 20 people – and perhaps dozens more. World health authorities worried openly that the strange new virus could become a global epidemic.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said tests show some of the Mexico victims died from the same new strain of swine flu that sickened eight people in Texas and California. Of the 14 samples tested from Mexico, seven were matches, said the CDC’s acting director Dr. Richard Besser.

Mexico put the confirmed toll at 20 dead, but 40 other fatalities were being probed, and at least 943 nationwide were sick from the suspected flu, the health department said.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Linda permalink
    April 28, 2009 8:36 am

    How do you like the “response” by our government? Just ask the people at our borders if anyone in the car is sick. I would bet that the answer is an amazing 100% “NO”.
    China, on the other hand, uses more modern technology by taking temperatures of anyone coming into their country. Other countries are temporarily closing places where groups of people congregate – like schools. Could not a few days of closing our illustrious institutes of higher learning prevent more widespread infestations?
    Isn’t prevention the best cure? Why have we not done at least this?

  2. April 26, 2009 5:09 am

    if the Swine Flu is anything like the other scares and outbreaks in the US, it shouldn’t amount to much (I’m hoping anyway)

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