US Declares Emergency over Swine Flu, Mexico Death Toll Rising
The USA has declared health emergency situation over the outbreak of a swine flue epidemic.
The death toll in neighboring Mexico has already reached 103 since the first case on April 13, while 20 persons have been diagnosed with swine flue in the United States - eight in New York, seven in California, two in Texas, two in Kansas, and one in Ohio.
Possible cases of swine flu are tested in Western Europe, Israel, and New Zealand. The World Bank has announced a USD 205 M loan to Mexico to help the country deal with the situation.
US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has said the declaration of the emergency was a "standard operating procedure" necessary to authorize federal, state and local agencies to use and release funds and resources to deal with the swine flu threat.
Napolitano announced that 12 million "Tamiflu" medicine doses would be allocated from the Federal Reserve to the most affected states, which 25% of the 50 million anti-flu drugs in store.
Several Asian and Latin American countries have introduced measures to test arriving airplane passengers for symptoms. China has introduced a ban on the imports of pork from Mexico as well as from Texas, California, and Kansas.
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