How Has the World Reacted to the Swine Flu Outbreak?

Published May 1, 2009

Since the recent outbreak of swine flu, countries around the world, including the United States, have sprung into action to stop its spread.

In the United States, officials in Texas, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Minnesota, New York City, Ohio and South Carolina have closed more than 100 schools in total, reports The Dallas Morning-News.

Mexico, where the disease is said to have originated, has closed all schools until next week. Meanwhile, Argentina, Cuba and Ecuador have banned anyone from traveling to or from Mexico. France’s health minister says she plans to request that the European Union suspend all flights to Mexico. The Union, along with the United States and several other countries, has advised citizens against unnecessary travel to Mexico, reports the Morning-News.

China, Russia and Ukraine are a few of the nations that have banned pork imported from Mexico and parts of the United States. Although there is no evidence that pigs are actually the cause of the outbreak, Egypt has ordered that all 300,000 pigs in the country be killed, reports the paper.

And in Hong Kong, workers scrubbed down public toilets every two hours as a precaution, though the city has no confirmed cases of swine flu.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently raised the flu’s alert level from Phase 4 to Phase 5, which is the second-highest stage.

Get the latest info on the outbreak, including prevention tips and more HERE.

 

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