Over 100 people die from outbreak of swine flu
At least 100 people are now thought to have died of a new swine flu virus in Mexico, and outbreaks have been reported in the US and Canada.
Of the 103 deaths in Mexico, only 20 are so far confirmed to have been caused by the new virus.
Mexican Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova said suspected swine flu cases in his country had risen to 1,614.
Meanwhile the WHO – the UN’s health agency – has said the swine flu virus could be capable of mutating into a more dangerous strain and that it has the potential to become a pandemic. However, the organisation also said the world was better prepared than ever to deal with the threat.
Travellers are being screened at some airports for symptoms. And three people in the UK, who have recently flown in from Mexico with mild flu-like symptoms, are in quarantine.
Stocks of anti-viral medicines are being readied by governments around the world, and tests are also being carried out on people who fell ill following travel to Mexico in New Zealand, Australia, Spain, Brazil and Israel.
So far most of the suspected cases outside Mexico have been mild and those affected have made a full recovery.