Mexico Protests 'Unjustified' Response as Flu Stabilizes

Health minister targets countries for restricting travel to country
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2009 1:54 PM CDT
A thermal camera monitor shows the body temperature of passengers arriving from overseas, against the possible infection of the swine flu in Incheon, South Korea.   (AP Photo/Yonhap, Seo Myung-gon)
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(Newser) – Mexico is striking back at countries it says are overreacting to swine flu fears, BBC reports. The country’s foreign minister singled out China, Peru, Argentina, Cuba, and Ecuador for halting flights to Mexico, saying, “We’re surprised by the adoption of unjustified measures.” The news comes as Mexican health officials said the outbreak, which has resulted in 19 confirmed deaths, could be stabilizing. The estimated toll has been reduced by 75 to 101.

South Korea, Italy, and Ireland yesterday confirmed cases of the virus, which has infected more than 700 people globally. But person-to-person spread has been confirmed in only 6 countries, and WHO says there is no evidence of sustained spread of the virus outside North America.