France advises against school trips to Mexico, New York

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French Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie advised against school trips to either Mexico or New York, after a meeting of an inter-ministerial crisis team dealing with the spread of swine flu Saturday.

PARIS - French Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie advised against school trips to either Mexico or New York, after a meeting of an inter-ministerial crisis team dealing with the spread of swine flu Saturday.

Travel to Mexico, New York in the United States or passing via New York was not advisable, the minister told reporters.

France confirmed its first two cases of what the WHO is now calling A(H1N1) influenza virus on Friday.

"This new situation requires new measures," said Alliot-Marie.

In Mexico, where the A(H1N1) virus originated last month, Health Minister Jose Angel Cordova said Saturday the total number of confirmed cases was 443, including 16 deaths.

Apart from Mexico, the only other fatality so far has been a Mexican boy visiting relatives in the southern US state of Texas.

The United States has 160 confirmed cases, most of them mild, across 21 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Saturday.

Health Minister Roselyne Bachelot told reporters Saturday that doctors were examining 22 possible and seven probable cases of the disease.

AFP / Expatica

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