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Deadly flu virus hits Mexico hard

Panic is spreading through the Mexico City streets faster than the killer flu virus.

Every pharmacy in my neighborhood has already sold out of face masks — some say they are selling faster than 500 an hour.

People look suspiciously at everyone on the street — especially if they are coughing or sneezing — and keep a big distance.

The hard information is coming through fast and confused.

Last night, the Mexican government talked about 20 influenza deaths. This morning the World Health Organization was talking about 60.

All the authorities are saying it has spread from pigs, but no one is sure if it is the same virus that hit California and Texas.

And no one seems to be sure if the vaccines in the hospitals will work or not.

I guess keeping a distance from everyone seems the safest tactic now — perhaps soon people will be running for their lives …

http://www.globalpost.com/notebook/mexico/090424/deadly-flu-virus-hits-mexico-hard