Spain to give EUR 1 million to Mexico

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The money will equip the swine flu-hit country with more resources to help combat the deadly disease.

MADRID – The Spanish government said Tuesday it would give Mexico EUR 1 million to help the country battle an outbreak of swine flu which is suspected of having killed over 150 people and has spread to other nations.

The money would be given through the Spanish International Cooperation Agency, the health ministry said in a statement, adding it could offer more help with equipment and expertise in the future.

Earlier Tuesday Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said his government "was willing to cooperate and help Mexico so it has more resources to face the risk that this epidemic will spread.

"We should cooperate with the countries which may have more difficulties, I am thinking mostly of Mexico," he told a joint news conference with visiting French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Spain on Tuesday reported a second confirmed case of swine flu and said 32 other people are suspected of having contracted the disease after visiting Mexico.

Mexico reported the number of confirmed and suspected deaths from the flu had risen to 152, while more than 1,600 people were being tested for possible infection.

The next most affected country, the United States, has had 64 confirmed cases, none fatal.

AFP / Expatica

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