Swine Flu is making a comeback in Mexico the international media is reporting. Fears of three years ago when the deadly virus shut down airports amid fears of a global pandemic are still fresh in people’s minds. the Mexican government is saying there is no cause for alarm as federal and state health officials say the increase in cases in still within the normal range for a typical flu season.
The Mexican Health Ministry has not put the increase numbers on its page nor has it confirmed the increase to the Associated Press despite many inquiries.
The Unite States Centers for Disease Control have said even if there are a notcible increase in cases they are not seeing one in the United States. There are other strains where the U.S. is noticing an increase but those strains as well as Swine flu are included in the yearly flu shot given across the country.
CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said in an email,
“We are not aware of any unusual changes in the virus in Mexico that would be concerning,”
The Mexican Health Ministry reported 637 cases of confirmed flu cases so far in 2012 along with 10 deaths. 573 of those reported cases were of the Swine Flu (H1N1) and 9 of the 10 deaths were associated with the strain.
On Jan. 15, it reported far lower numbers: 181 confirmed cases for all strains of flu and five deaths for 2012, meaning cases would have increased 250 percent in just one week.
Three years ago the World Health Organization issued a Global Pandemic warning as the cases of swine flu spread throughout the world. there were reports that the strain was killing one out of every fifteen cases. This would be a higher death rate than the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918-19 which lasted for 2 years and killed between 50 and 100 million people around the world.
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