A swine flu outbreak in Mexico has killed at least 16 people in the past few weeks. Dozens of more deaths are suspected.
Schools K-university are sending youngsters home and telling them to stay inside if they have the flu-like symptoms.
”We’re dealing with a new flu virus that constitutes a respiratory epidemic that so far is controllable,” Health Minister Jose Angel Cordova told reporters late Thursday.
Mexico’s flu season was supposed to be over by now, but then Mexican official have noticed a significant spike in flu cases.
The World Health Organization is reporting some 800 cases of flu-like symptoms in Mexico. Most of the sick are healthy young adults. There were 57 deaths in Mexico City and 3 in the central part of the country. At least 16 deaths are from swine flu, and said another 45 were under investigation.
Mexico is particularly worried because flu typically kills infants and old people. But pandemic flus often strike young, healthy people the hardest. And this is the kind of flu that is happening now.
Looks like a different kind of border control will be called for if Mexico can’t contain this, eh?
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