Sunday, September 27, 2009

Second wave of Swine Flu Hits Mexico

Project Management + Business Extras

The second wave of swine flu has arrived in Mexico, and they are bracing themeselves for an outbreak that may be even larger and more severe, than last spring, the first phase of the pandemic.

Daily diagnoses reached higher levels in September than the H1N1 peak in April, with 483 new cases in just one day this month alone.

It's unlikely there will be large-scale closings of schools and stadiums, however, because health officials know the virus is usually mild if treated early.

"We know the situation is not as serious" as officials feared last spring, said Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova.

Still, 3,000 schools across Mexico were closed earlier this week as a result of the virus. That number has dropped to 128, Education Secretary Alonso Lujambio told senators Wednesday, as he said officials are still developing the criteria they will use to shut down schools in the future.

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