The WHO declared the flu a “public health event of international concern.” WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan urged greater worldwide surveillance for any unusual outbreaks of influenza-like illness. “(We are) monitoring minute by minute the evolution of this problem across the whole country,” Mexican President Felipe Calderon said as health officials counted suspected infections in six states from the tropical south to the northern border.
There are now also 10 probable cases in New Zealand. The students have tested positive for the flu and had traveled to Mexico recently.
The Age reports:
“Ministry of Health officials advise me there is no guarantee these students have swine influenza, but they consider it likely,” NZ Health Minister Tony Ryall said in a statement.
In Asia, the government has started to quarantine those with symptoms of the flu. Some Asian countries have issued travel warnings for Mexico.
Some governments have increased their screening of pigs and pork imports from the Americas even though you can not get swine flu from eating cooked pork.
There are three people in Spain that are under observation in hospitals. They have all recently returned from Mexico.
An Israeli man, 26, has been hospitalized with symptoms of swine flu. The man was admitted to Laniado Hospital in Netanya on Sunday and isolated.
The Israeli Embassy in Mexico has canceled its annual Independence Day reception at the request of the Mexican government. The Mexican government is trying to avoid public meetings to help stop the spread of the disease.
In a report from The Pig Site dated Feb. 24, 2009 a case of swine flu infection was found almost by accident in a female pig worker in Spain. At that time it was not considered to be a concern.
Fortunately, these and similar swine influenza viruses that can infect humans have not yet met any of the criteria to cause a human pandemic. The true risk can only become clear if epidemiological investigations are combined with experimental research.