Swine Flu Crosses The Globe: New Countries Report Outbreaks

April 28, 2009

World (ChattahBox) – New cases of swine flu have been confirmed as far as New Zealand, and the WHO is warning that it may be impossible to contain.

While a vaccine is being created, it could be as far away as November before it is released to the general public, by which the spread could be massive. However, the death toll has still only climbed in Mexico, with no fatalities confirmed in any other country, leaving some confused as to why.

The flu is a mix of swine and avian strains, made passable to humans by the common makeup that is identical to that of usual human illnesses. So far the strain that has hit the US, UK, Spain, Canada, New Zealand, and Israel seems to be different then that which is raging through Mexico.

But the WHO says that no travel restrictions are necessary at this point.

“With the virus being widespread… closing borders or restricting travel really has very little effects in stopping the movement of this virus,” Keiji Fukuda, the WHO deputy chief, said in a statement.

So far, officials believe that the outbreak may have started in Mexican pig farms, passing through the population and then to tourists who returned home, taking the illness to their country of origin.


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