Minister: WHO rejects closure of Mexican border despite swine flu outbreak
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Backgrounder: Key facts about swine flu

    MEXICO CITY, April 24 (Xinhua) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) believes there is no need to close Mexican border despite over 1,000 cases of human infections with swine flu registered in the country, Mexico's health minister said Friday.

    "There is not any restriction for foreign visitors who wish to enter Mexico," Mexican Health Minister Jose Angel Cordova told a press conference at the presidential house of Los Pinos after talking with WHO Director-General Margaret Chang on this issue.

    Public places in Mexico have been closed to prevent spread of the virus.

    Cordova said the WHO will create an emergency committee to offer support to Mexico in all aspects.

    "Mexico will not have any problem with medicine supply, since the WHO is sending technical support and medicines," he said.

    He added that the Health Ministry has more than 1 million dosages of medication, enough to combat the flu, which has killed 20 people in Mexico.

    It has been rare for the swine flu to infect people. In the United States there have been only three cases of human deaths from the epidemic, reported in 1976 and 1988 respectively.


Mexico City takes measures against flu outbreak

    MEXICO CITY, April 24 (Xinhua) -- The municipal government of the Mexico City Friday announced a series of immediate steps to stop the flu outbreak in the city.

A man wearing a mask walks past a Mexican flag in Mexico City, capital of Mexico, April 24, 2009. The government of Mexico City is launching a massive vaccination campaign throughout the city against swine flu, which has possibly killed dozens nationwide. (Xinhua Photo)

A man wearing a mask walks past a Mexican flag in Mexico City, capital of Mexico, April 24, 2009. The government of Mexico City is launching a massive vaccination campaign throughout the city against swine flu, which has possibly killed dozens nationwide. (Xinhua Photo)
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    Mayor Marcelo Ebrard said at a press conference that the main aim is to protect all the inhabitants of the city, especially vulnerable people such as children and elders. Full story

Mexican president holds emergency meeting on flu outbreak

     MEXICO CITY, April 24 (Xinhua) -- Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Friday held an emergency meeting at the Presidential Office with ministers, health authorities and experts to discuss measures to deal with the deadly flu outbreak.

     Calderon also decided to inform Mexicans about the nationwide flu outbreak. Full story

Eight swine flu cases found in U.S.

    LOS ANGELES, April 24 (Xinhua) -- One new swine flu case has been identified, bringing the total number of swine flu cases in the United States to eight, health officials said on Friday.

    The new case was identified in San Diego, about 80 miles (129 kilometers) south of Los Angeles, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP). Full story

China on alert to prevent swine flu infection

    BEIJING, April 25 (Xinhua) -- China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine issued an emergency notice Saturday night requiring people to report flu-like symptoms at the point of entry when coming from the deadly swine flu affected places.

    This is China's latest move in response to the outbreaks of human infection of Swine Influenza A/H1N1 in Mexico and the United States.  Full story

Hong Kong to enhance surveillance at boundary control points for Swine Flu

    HONG KONG, April 25 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong will step up local surveillance systems at boundary control points and the public health laboratory in light of outbreaks of human infection of Swine Influenza A/H1N1 in Mexico and the United States, the Center for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health of Hong Kong announced on Saturday.

    Travelers from the affected places who are found to have Swine Influenza symptoms at Hong Kong's boundary control points will be taken to hospitals for further investigation. Laboratory testing for Swine Influenza will be conducted for patients with influenza-like-illness who had traveled to the affected places within 7 days before onset of symptoms.Full story

Editor: Zhang Xiang
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