federal government declares a public health emergency

Update: April 27, 2009

That woman that arrived here the other night tested negative. I just hope they are keeping an eye on all other inbound travelers especially from Mexico.
Health: Ill traveler tests negative for swine flu
Issued : Sunday, April 26, 2009 07:28 PM

Health Secretary-designate Jaime Rivera Dueño said late Sunday that a woman arriving from Mexico to San Juan with flu-like symptoms over the weekend has tested negative for the swine flu strain that has rang the alarms about a global pandemic.

Swine flu death toll exceeds 100 as pandemic fears grow

• World Health Organisation urges global vigilance
• US declares national health emergency

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Governments around the world are today on high alert for a possible swine flu pandemic as the death toll from the virus in Mexico rose to more than 100 and possible cases were reported as far afield as Israel, New Zealand and Scotland.

Update: April 26, 2009 5:00 p.m.
It would seem that our fears of the swine flu reaching the island might have occurred as early as last night. A woman arrived ill from Mexico and was taken to a local hospital for examination. At the moment there has not been any verifiable confirmation.
Evalúan un posible caso de gripe porcina en la Isla
02:09 p.m.
Una mujer que llegó anoche a la Isla fue trasladada a un hospital con síntomas parecidos a los del virusPor Marian Díaz/mdiaz@elnuevodia.com

Una mujer que llegó anoche procedente de México fue trasladada a un hospital del área metropolitana con un cuadro de malestar, dolor muscular y poca fiebre ante el temor de que pudiera ser gripe porcina.

Según informó el secretario designado de Salud, Jaime Rivera Dueño, en el centro hospitalario se le tomaron muestras, a la mexicana que vive en la Isla y está casada con un puertorriqueño, para examinarlas.

Atento el Departamento de Salud a brote de gripe porcinadomingo, 26 de abril de 2009
Actualizado hace 4 horas (01:36 p.m. )
Mariana Cobián / Primera Hora

El secretario de Salud, Jaime Rivera Dueño, aseguró hoy que está vigilante ante la epidemia de gripe porcina en México y Estados Unidos, pero aclaró que no se han reportado casos en Puerto Rico.

Informó, sin embargo, que el plan operacional de pandemia de influenza se activó desde el viernes y anoche estuvo en función cuando se encontró un caso sospechoso que está bajo análisis.

Update: April 26, 2009 3:00 p.m.
For my Spanish speaking readers you can go to the link below to see what the Mexican papers are reporting: Information from Mexico in Spanish

Just got this CNN alert:

from CNN Breaking News BreakingNews@mail.cnn.com
to textbreakingnews@ema3lsv06.turner.com
date Sun, Apr 26, 2009 at 12:09 PM
subject CNN Breaking News

hide details 12:09 PM (33 minutes ago) Reply

The federal government declares a public health emergency, as the number of cases of swine flu in the U.S. rises to 20.

Upon checking on the net I ran across this at Citizens for Legitimate Government:

Last updated: Sun, 26 Apr 2009 11:33:34 GMTCLG: Baxter working on vaccine to stop swine flu, though admitted sending live pandemic flu viruses to subcontractor By Lori Price 26 Apr 2009 The OMFG moment of the century. Illinois-based Baxter working on vaccine to ‘stop’ swine flu outbreak in Mexico (25 Apr 2009).

I am beginning to wonder if the authorities in Puerto Rico are making preparations especially since we do have a bit of traffic between us and Mexico.


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