Deadly Swine Flu in Mexico and US, Travel Advisory Issued
A deadly strain of swine flu has been discovered in Mexico, where over 60 people have died and hundreds more could be infected.
Eight people have been infected in the United States, and no one has died there, but the two strains are connected.
Travel advisories have been issued for people traveling to Mexico, and just having returned from Mexico; go to your doctor to make sure you are alright. There have been no reported cases in Canada, but travelers are warned about going there.
President Obama will also have to be tested as he has just returned from Mexico.
In Mexico City, authorities have shut down schools, museums, state-run theatres, and libraries to help stop the spread of the virus but the World Heath Organisation have said that it is too late to contain it. There are no plans to close the border between Mexico and the U.S. at this time.
The Organisation are concerned that the swine flu could be a global pandemic. Some of the people that died from the virus in Mexico had the same strain as a few that were infected in Texas and California.
Mexico has confirmed 20 deaths, but the World Health Organisation has put the toll at around 60. Currently about 943 people are sick from the virus across the country. There have been cases reported in Mexicali and San Luis Potosi today.
The people that were infected in the United States had not had any contact with pigs, but some had had contact with each other, meaning the virus can spread from person to person.
The virus combines strains from pigs, birds, and humans in a way that is not known to researchers. The World Health Organisation and the Centre for Disease Control are very concerned about what they could be dealing with.
This unique strain appears to have much more effect on young adults, which is normally the age group that is the least affected.
A new flu virus could launch a worldwide pandemic, which would mean people would have no natural defense against it.
The last flu pandemic took place in 1918 - 1919, when 40 million people worldwide died of the disease.