México invadido por una influenza letal

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Experts probe deadly Mexico flu

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Public buildings have closed across Mexico City because of the outbreak

World health experts are investigating a new strain of flu that may have killed as many as 60 people in Mexico.

The US Centre for Disease Control (CDC) said tests so far seem to link Mexico’s outbreak with a swine flu virus that had sickened eight in the southern US. The CDC said it was taking the virus – about which it was working to learn as much as possible – seriously.

Mexican authorities have closed schools, museums and theatres, and launched a vaccination campaign.

It is suspected the virus may have been involved in the deaths of about 60 people, mostly in and around Mexico City, since mid-March.

A new swine flu strain has been confirmed in 16 of the deaths and 44 others are being tested, Mexico’s health secretary said. More than 900 other people are thought to have been infected.
Public buildings have been closed across the capital region and people are being urged to avoid shaking hands or sharing crockery.

In Geneva, the World Health Organization said an emergency committee would likely convene over the weekend.&nbsp And in the US, the White House said it was watching the situation.

‘Learn more’

Dr Richard Besser, acting director of the CDC, said that preliminary tests on seven out of 14 samples from patients in Mexico had matched the virus found in the US. Eight people have fallen sick – six in California and two in Texas – with a virus that experts say is a new strain of swine flu. All eight have recovered and only one was hospitalised.
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Q&A: Swine flu
Dr Besser said more information was needed to determine the extent of the threat posed by the virus. It was unclear, he said, why it was proving fatal in Mexico but not in the US.
"We are not at the point of declaring a pandemic – we are at the point of trying to learn more about this virus," he said.

"In Mexico, other influenza viruses are circulating there, so sorting out which cases are caused by swine flu, which are other viruses and which are co-infections will be very important public health information."

The WHO said it had prepared "rapid containment measures" in case they were needed.
But both it and the CDC said that there was no need at this point to issue travel advisories for parts of Mexico or the US.

The CDC said it planned to send experts to Mexico to help investigate the virus.
Swine flu is a respiratory disease which infects pigs. It does not normally infect humans, although sporadic cases do occur usually in people who have had close contact with pigs.
There have also been rare documented cases of humans passing the infection to other humans.
Such cases are monitored very closely because of fears that a new strain of swine flu with the ability to pass from person to person could spark a pandemic.

La influenza ataca a los negocios
El virus dañaría las ventas mensuales del sector restaurantero con una caída de 15%; el DF y el Edomex sufren un brote del virus y las autoridades sugieren evitar lugares concurridos.


Publicado a las 12:48 Viernes, 24 de Abril de 2009
Por: Enrique Duarte

CIUDAD DE MÉXICO (CNNExpansión.com) ­ Los restaurantes del país podrían ver disminuidas sus ventas mensuales hasta en un 15%, debido al temor de contraer influenza, un virus que se ha estado propagando en el país, dijo un directivo de la Cámara Nacional de la Industria de Restaurantes y Alimentos Condimentados (Canirac).

"En términos mensuales vendría representando en el lapso de 3 ó 4 días, un 15% menos en la venta mensual y eso es muy fuerte estando como estamos", dijo en entrevista el vicepresidente nacional de la Canirac, Daniel Loeza.

En las últimas semanas han muerto al menos 20 personas en México&nbsp y más de 900 contagiadas -según datos oficiales-, víctimas de un nuevo tipo de influenza, un virus altamente contagioso proveniente de los cerdos que se ha distribuido rápidamente por varios estados.

La Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) precisó que unas 800 personas podrían estar contagiadas y que al menos 60 han fallecido en México, por este tipo de virus.

Las autoridades mexicanas recomendaron a la población evitar cualquier lugar concurrido, es decir, donde pueda ser víctima de contagio de influenza.

Esta medida podría englobar desde comercios como cines, restaurantes, bares y hasta el transporte público, ya que el virus se contagia por vía respiratoria.

&nbsp "Hemos recomendado que nuestro personal use cubrebocas al momento de cocinar la comida y si presentan síntomas de gripe los estamos mandando directamente a su casa", dijo Loeza.

El Gobierno mexicano decretó el jueves por la noche que se suspendían las clases para millones de estudiantes, desde el nivel preescolar hasta las universidades, en las escuelas del Distrito Federal y el Estado de México, donde se concentran más de 20 millones de personas, tan sólo en esta capital y la zona metropolitana.

Esta medida podría extenderse durante unos días más e incluso los patrones de las empresas podrían dejar que los empleados se queden en sus casas en los próximos días, de extenderse este problema.

Las autoridades han recomendado las siguientes acciones para prevenir contagios:

– Mantenerse alejados de las personas que tengan infección respiratoria.

– Lavarse las manos frecuentemente con agua y jabón.

– No saludar de beso ni de mano.

– No compartir alimentos, vasos o cubiertos.

– Ventilar y permitir la entrada de sol en la casa, las oficinas y en todos los lugares cerrados.

– Mantener limpias las cubiertas de cocina y baño, manijas y barandales, así como juguetes, teléfonos u objetos de uso común.

En caso de presentar un cuadro de fiebre alta de manera repentina, tos, dolor de cabeza, muscular y de articulaciones, se deberá de acudir de inmediato a su médico o a su unidad de salud.

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