Swine flu suspected in 60 deaths in Mexico. U.S. cases reported

Posted: Updated:

The CDC is investigating 7 non-fatal cases in the U.S. in Texas and California. The World Health Organization suspects swine flu killed 60. The Mexican government confirms at least 20 cases now.

Heath authorities suspect the virus has sickened 800 people in Mexico. Most of those cases are in the Mexico City area and a few were reported in the nearby Central State San Luis Potosi. I first heard about this from my brother who lives in Mexico City. The night before last media began to report about a killer flu in the capital. He says at first authorities tried to downplay it but when hospital became sick, they confirmed the outbreak. Now, authorities have closed schools in Mexico City and are urging people to avoid public places. Some media in Mexico are also reporting health authorities advise people not to shake hands or kiss. In Mexico City it's common for people to kiss on the cheek when greeting.

It's easy to see why health officials are concerned about the rapid spread of this virus in the crowded sprawling capital city area. Mexico's health minister says the illness is so far "controlled." But President Calderon canceled a trip to the border city Juarez , which has been ravaged by drug violence, scheduled for today. The president's office cited the swine flu outbreak in central Mexico as the reason for the last minute change in plans.

This flu combines pig, bird and human strains. The CDC is investigating the source the 7 non-fatal cases reported in Texas and California. None of those people came in contact with pigs. Investigators are now checking to see check to see if the flu spread from those people to others. Two cases were reported in Guadalupe County near San Antonio.