Swine flu epidemic fear grows, world on alert
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Governments around the world rushed on Sunday to check the spread of a new type of swine flu that has killed up to 81 people in Mexico and infected around a dozen in the United States.
Mexicans huddled in their homes while U.S. hospitals tracked patients with flu symptoms and other countries imposed health checks at airports as the World Health Organization warned the virus had the potential to become a pandemic.
In New Zealand, 10 pupils from an Auckland school party that had returned from Mexico were being treated for influenza symptoms…
Countries across Asia, which have had to grapple with deadly viruses like H5N1 bird flu and SARS in recent years, snapped into action. At airports and other border checkpoints in Hong Kong, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan, officials screened travelers for any flu-like symptoms.
Argentina declared a health alert, requiring anyone arriving on flights from Mexico to advise if they had flu-like symptoms.
In France, two people returning from Mexico who had flu-like symptoms were being tested…
A British Airways cabin crew member was taken to hospital in London after developing flu-like symptoms on a flight from Mexico, but tests later cleared him of swine flu.
Unless I’ve overlooked it, there soes NOT seem to be any information at all about symptoms of the disease other than a reference to flu-like problems. Think it would be very useful to provide such information with at least some specifics in your next report, and perhaps offer a sidebar with details.
This is a good point raised by several readers. We have begun adding some basic symptom information to our flu stories, such as:
Flu is characterized by a sudden fever, muscle aches, sore throat and dry cough. Victims of the new strain have also suffered more vomiting and diarrhea than is usual with flu.
A health worker explains the symptoms of influenza to a taxi driver in downtown Monterrey, northern Mexico, April 26, 2009. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo