Swine flu deaths climb to 149 in Mexico
Posted April 28, 2009on:
MEXICO CITY — Mexico canceled school nationwide Monday and warned the death toll from a swine flu epidemic believed to have killed 149 people would keep rising before it can be contained.
Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova said 20 of the deaths have been confirmed to be from swine flu and the government was awaiting results on the other deaths.
“We are the most critical moment of the epidemic. The number of cases will keep rising so we have to reinforce preventative measures,” Cordova said at a news conference that was briefly shaken by an earthquake centered in southern Mexico.
Cordova said 1,995 people have been hospitalized with serious cases of pneumonia since the first case of swine flu was reported on April 13. The government does not yet know how many were swine flu….Read More
The United States government is urging Americans to avoid all “non-essential” travel to Mexico out of concern for the swine flu outbreak, the latest precaution taken as the number of confirmed cases in the United States doubled to at least 40.
But President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano stressed that while the outbreak is troubling, it is not cause for alarm.Read More