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Developments on swine flu worldwide

Developments on swine flu worldwide

Key developments on swine flu outbreaks, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, and government officials:
_Deaths: 26 confirmed in Mexico and one confirmed in U.S., a toddler from Mexico who died in Texas.
_Confirmed sickened worldwide, 1,444: 802 in Mexico; 380 in U.S.; 140 in Canada; 57 in Spain; 27 in Britain; eight in Germany; six in New Zealand; four in Israel, Italy and France; two in El Salvador; one each in Austria, Costa Rica, Colombia, Denmark, Hong Kong, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, South Korea and Switzerland.
_U.S. health officials reconsider advice about closing schools because of swine flu. The government now recommends that schools with confirmed cases of swine flu close for at least two weeks.
_New York City high school that had 45 students with confirmed swine flu cases reopens.
_Mexico to allow most businesses to reopen Wednesday, universities to reopen Thursday. Mexico City cafes, museums and libraries to reopen this week; schools nationwide to reopen next week after inspections are completed.
_Plane chartered by Mexican government to bring its citizens home from China arrives in Shanghai. About 70 Mexican nationals traveling in China were quarantined there. China sends its own plane to retrieve Chinese nationals stranded in Mexico. Mexico also criticizes Argentina, Peru and Cuba for banning flights.
_ A school spokeswoman says a group of 29 University of Montreal students and their professor has been quarantined at a hotel in the northern Chinese city of Changchun since the weekend over swine flu fears, although none has exhibited any symptoms of the virus.
_Hong Kong, where severe acute respiratory syndrome killed 299 in 2003, ordered weeklong quarantine of downtown hotel where a Mexican tourist was confirmed to have the illness, trapping 274 guests and employees inside.
_World Health Organization says slaughtering pigs unnecessary because virus is being spread through humans; says swine herd in Canada likely infected by farmworker who returned from Mexico.
_U.S. Meat Export Federation, which represents pork and beef interests abroad, estimates that U.S. pork exports have dropped about 10 percent since the swine flu scare started.
_Visitation at all California prisons is suspended after an ill inmate at Centinela State Prison in Imperial County is tested for swine flu.
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On the Net:
http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu


Updated : 2021-03-06 11:03 GMT+08:00