August 11, 2009

US, Mexico, Canada Take Stand Against Swine Flu

On Monday, the U.S., Mexico and Canada agreed to take a new vigilance against an expected resurgence of the H1N1 swine flu virus in coming months.

"We will remain vigilant and pledge to continue our close collaboration in addressing the H1N1 pandemic," US President Barack Obama, Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in western Mexico.

"In anticipation of a possible fall wave of flu due to the 2009 H1N1 virus, we will look to enhance our exchange of information, ensure common understanding of the effectiveness of public health measures, and share expertise," the three leaders said in a declaration.

The men also said that measures like general border closures would be unlikely to prevent the spread of the virus, which could aggravate the economic and social consequences of a pandemic.

"We know that H1N1 will return in winter," said Calderon, as Mexico prepared a new public information campaign for October, and after the death toll has crept up in the country's impoverished southeast in recent weeks.

"We three countries are preparing to confront this virus responsibly and minimize its impact for our people," Calderon said.

According to the World Health Organization, most of the 1,008 deaths pinned to the swine flu have occurred in North and South America, which are countries where the virus first popped up.


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