The “swine flu” that has infected more than 1,000 people in Mexico has led a lawmaker on the House Homeland Security Committee to call on U.S. officials to close the southern border.
Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) said the border should be closed until the threat is resolved.
“The public needs to be aware of the serious threat of swine flu, and we need to close our borders to Mexico immediately and completely until this is resolved,” Massa said in a statement.
“I am making this announcement because I see this as a serious threat to the health of the American public and I do not believe this issue is receiving the attention it needs to have in the news,” Massa said.
Swine Influenza or swine flu is a respiratory diesase of pigs caused by type A influenza that regularly cause outbreaks of influenza among pics, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The virus normally does not infect humans, but it can occur, and cases of the disease then speading human-to-human have been documented.