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Swine-Flu Scare Prompts Conflicting Messages From Europe, U.S.

April 27, 2009

Rob Kuznia--HispanicBusiness.com

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The swine flu that originated in Mexico has Europeans in a scare, with authorities there issuing advisories against traveling to Mexico and the United States, sending stocks into a free fall.

But U.S. officials are downplaying the scare, with the director the Center Disease Control calling the advisory unwarranted, and President Barack Obama urging people to feel "concern" but not "alarm," the New York Times reported.

The flurry of advisories and statements came as Europe found its first confirmed case of swine flu early Monday in Spain. Authorities in Spain are testing 17 other patients for the disease, and Germany has reported three suspected cases.

Mexico's current strain broke out sometime around March, with hundreds of people falling ill. By late last week, the outbreak was big news, with officials blaming the flu up to 100 deaths. Many of the victims have been young.

Symptoms include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, sore throat, nausea, disorientation, stiffness of the joints, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of consciousness ending in death

The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that the airline and hotel stocks were under pressure from the outbreak.

In the U.S., 40 cases have been diagnosed, prompting the closure of schools in Texas, California, New York, Ohio and South Carolina, according to the Associated Press.

Source: HispanicBusiness.com (c) 2009. All rights reserved.

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