Thursday, April 30, 2009

Mexicans told to stay home for 5 day SHUTDOWN: Watch carefully because the same can happen here

SHOOT: Events in Mexico are obviously a precursor, a preview, to what is possible everywhere else.
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People outside hospital in Mexico City

Mexicans have been told to stay home for a five-day partial shutdown of the economy after the World Health Organisation said a swine flu pandemic is imminent.

So far, 168 people are suspected to have died from the H1N1 strain of swine flu in Mexico.

"There is no safer place than your own home to avoid being infected with the flu virus," Mr Calderon said in his first televised address since the crisis erupted last week.

Swine Flu

The new strain of flu has now spread to 12 countries, with The Netherlands the latest to join the list, confirming that a three-year-old child recently returned from Mexico had contracted the virus.

WHO chief Margaret Chan said "it really is all of humanity that is under threat in a pandemic".

"All countries should immediately activate their pandemic preparedness plans," she added.

"Countries should remain on high alert for unusual outbreaks of influenza-like illness and severe pneumonia.

Britain, there have been three new confirmed cases of swine flu, taking the total to five.
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