mercredi 29 avril 2009

SWINE FLU: MEXICO CHANGES DEATH TOLL, 7 DEAD

Mexico City, 28 Apr। – Seven have died due to the swine flu virus in Mexico. The local authorities have drastically changed the number of victims of the virus reported until now, which was previously set at 20. The number of deaths “probably” due to swine flu has increased: Health Minister Jose Angel Cordova estimated a new death toll of 159, 7 more compared to what he previously reported. In total, 1,311 people have been hospitalised with flu-like symptoms. Cordova said that recent in-depth testing on the victims caused him to change the reports.
Mexico faces criticism over swine flu रेस्पोंसे:
MEXICO CITY – Two weeks after the first known swine flu death, Mexico still hasn't given medicine to the families of the dead. It hasn't determined where the outbreak began or how it spread. And while the government urges anyone who feels sick to go to hospitals, feverish people complain ambulance workers are scared to pick them up.
A portrait is emerging of a slow and confused response by Mexico to the gathering swine flu epidemic. And that could mean the world is flying blind into a global health storm.
Despite an annual budget of more than $5 billion, Mexico's health secretary said Monday that his agency hasn't had the resources to visit the families of the dead. That means doctors haven't begun treatment for the population most exposed to swine flu, and most apt to spread it.
It also means medical sleuths don't know how the victims were infected — key to understanding how the epidemic began and how it can be contained.

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