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article imageMexican Health Secretary: 'We Are Facing a Curable Illness'

By Carolyn E. Price     Apr 27, 2009 in World
Mexico's Secretary of Health, Jose Angel Cordova Villalobos, held a news conference today to update the status of the Swine Flu outbreak in Mexico.
Jose Angel Cordova Villalobos, Secretary of Health in the Mexican government today told an increasingly panicked country that everyone needs to be vigilant about protecting themselves from the Swine Flu and also to take measures in protecting others if an individual comes down with the flu.
He said in the news conference held on Monday, "We are facing a curable illness."
Villalobos reported that the confirmed death toll now stands at 149, with 1,995 patients admitted to hospitals with a case of "grave pneumonia". Villalobos also said that Mexican authorities fully expect the number of cases will likely increase over the coming days.
It was also announced that all schools will continue to remain closed until May 15, 2009.
What is most puzzling and most distressing is that the majority of those who have died from the Swine Flu in Mexico have been between the ages of 20 and 50 years.
To add insult to injury, the US Geological Survey is reporting that a 6.0 earthquake has struck southern Mexico, about 30 km (20 miles) southeast of Chilpancingo, Guerrero, Mexico. No reports of damages or casualties yet.
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