LIMA, April 24 (Xinhua) -- Peru and Costa Rica Friday reinforced their epidemic vigilance measures following a deadly swine flu outbreak in Mexico.
In Peru, health services intensified vigilance actions for all the people traveling from Mexico and the United States in an effort to detect symptoms of the flu.
Although there has not been any similar case registered in Peru, the alert state will continue as a preventive measure, Peruvian health authorities said.
Meanwhile in Costa Rica, Health Minister Maria Luisa Avila told Xinhua on Friday that her country had declared a sanitary alert across the country.
Like Peru, there has not been any case of flu infection reported in Costa Rica, but Avila said the situation in Mexico are "worrying."
According to Avila, the country's Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock also took actions by observing the swines in the country, and the migratory authorities were requested to strengthen vigilance measures at the airports. All passengers from Mexico will receive check.
The Mexican authorities have confirmed 20 deaths across the country from this flu outbreak.
According to earlier media reports, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that there had been 57 suspected deaths in Mexico from the outbreak of what it identified as "swineflu."
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)
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