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Developments on swine flu worldwide

(AP): Key developments April 27, 2009, on swine flu outbreaks:

•  Deaths: 150, all in México. 22 confirmed as swine flu, 64 suspected.

•  Sickened: 1,384 in México, suspected or confirmed; 40 confirmed in U.S.; 6 confirmed in Canada; 13 suspected in New Zealand; 7 suspected in Spain; 1 suspected in France; 1 suspected in Israel; 1 suspected in Brazil.

•  Locations in México: 17 states, including México City, México State, Veracruz, Oaxaca, Baja California, and San Luis Potosi. Some, including Oaxaca, México City, and Baja California, have tourist areas, but authorities have not said where in these states the outbreaks occurred.

•  Locations in United States: 8 in New York, 7 in California, 2 in Kansas, 2 in Texas, and 1 in Ohio.

•  Safety measures in México: In México City, surgical masks given to subway passengers, public events canceled, schools and public venues closed and church services postponed. President Felipe Calderon has assumed new powers to isolate infected people. World Bank is providing México with more than $200 million in loans to help with the outbreak.

•  Safety measures in U.S: Roughly 12 million doses of Tamiflu being moved from federal stockpile to be delivered to states. Travelers at border asked about travel to flu-stricken areas. St. Francis Preparatory School in New York, where eight cases are confirmed, closed Monday and Tuesday. St. Mel's Catholic School in Fair Oaks, Calif., closed until at least Thursday as officials investigate possible infection of seventh grader.

•  Safety measures worldwide: Airports screening travelers from México and United States for flu symptoms. China, Russia and Taiwan plan to put anyone with symptoms under quarantine. Hong Kong and South Korea warn against travel to México City and three provinces. Italy, Poland and Venezuela advised citizens to postpone travel to affected areas of México and the United States.






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