Two suspected cases of Mexico’s deadly swine flu have been found in France after the WHO’s warning over its global “pandemic potential.”
“We do have suspicions, but these have not been confirmed, about two people who have returned from Mexico,” general health director Didier Houssin told Le Parisien paper on Sunday.
The flu virus initially emerged in Mexico, killing up to 81 people and infecting over 1,300 others.
The US health authorities also reported that 11 people are infected in Kansas, Texas and California. Eight suspected patients were also found in New York City.
Earlier on Saturday, the World Health Organization warned that the virus has the potential to become global pandemic, calling it a “public health emergency of international concern.”
Following the announcement of the outbreak, Colombian health authorities said it is closely monitoring the deadly virus.
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Social Welfare Minister Diego Palacio said that health authorities have set up an emergency committee to fight the strain.
Meanwhile, New Zealand officials said Sunday that 22 students and three teachers, who returned from a language trip to Mexico via Los Angeles, may have been infected with the swine flu virus.