Worldwide concern about swine flu is ramping up after the U.S. reported its first death from the virus Wednesday. A Mexican boy of about two years old, who first showed signs of flu symptoms four days after arriving in Texas on April 4, died in a Houston hospital. In Canada, the number of confirmed H1N1 cases has climed to 13, and several airlines, including WestJet and Air Canada have suspended flights to Mexico. Meanwhile, despite efforts to quell panic about livestock (U.S. Agriculture minister said, “It is perfectly safe to consume pork and pork products from America”) Egypt has announced plans to destroy its entire population of 300,000 pigs.
Concern about swine flu mounts
Flights suspended, pigs destroyed
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