Connect to share and comment

Full Frame: Health brigades in Oaxaca

Don't kiss me, I'm Mexican

MEXICO CITY — China holds 70 healthy Mexicans in forced isolation. Paris airport baggage handlers refuse to touch suitcases from Mexican planes. Mexican soccer star Carlos Vela scores a goal in the English premiership but teammates shy away from hugging him. As swine flu has swept the world, buoyed by a fever pitch media frenzy, Mexicans are complaining they are being unfairly discriminated against as a nation of contagious plague bearers.

Troops on the border

SAN DIEGO — Eager to be all things to all people, President Barack Obama tends to say one thing and do another. And so, when Obama said recently that he had no interest in "militarizing" the U.S.-Mexico border, it was only a matter of time before the administration drew up plans to do just that. Sure enough, according to media reports, the Pentagon and Homeland Security Department are developing contingency plans to send National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Mexico shuts down to prevent spread of flu

MEXICO CITY — Production belts at vast assembly plants stand still. Shops are boarded up. Streets that would normally be full of revelers for May celebrations are eerily quiet. Nine days after Mexico discovered that it was the epicenter of a new strain of killer flu, the nation is in the midst of an obligatory five-day holiday to stop the disease spreading.

Inside Mexico's hospitals, a struggle to cope

MEXICO CITY — Pushing through a hospital waiting room crowded with anxious relatives, nurse Gisela Bernal signed off from a 12-hour shift working with coughing swine flu victims. “I haven’t had a single day off since this epidemic started. I’m exhausted,” said Bernal, wiping sweat from her brow above a blue face mask. “I want to help all these people. But I just don’t know how long I can carry on.”

Swine flu

Top News: There has only been one story in Mexico at the end of April and most people on the planet know what that is. Swine flu has created panic, a media blitz and fears that it will be the next pandemic holocaust. Sadly, it has killed perhaps as many as 176 in Mexico its first weeks.  

Mexico flu deaths at 149 and rising

MEXICO CITY — Looking through a glass door at her eldest son sleeping between tubes of fluids and heartbeat counters, Juliana Derbez could not hold back the tears. When the normally healthy 32-year-old had fallen sick seven days earlier, the family thought it was regular flu and gave him cough remedies from the pharmacy. But after the government called a national alert over a potential pandemic, they rushed him to the Mexican Institute for Respiratory Diseases where doctors believe he has the swine flu, known medically as H1N1 influenza.

Swine flu closes Mexico's cantinas

The cantinas have finally shut down in Mexico City. When the swine flu epidemic started many people were going to bars anyway, forgetting about swine flu for a few hours with a cold Corona. Then as the death toll rose, the government asked the bar owners to be responsible and take a holiday so people wouldn’t be infecting each other. Finally, a government decree Saturday said that if they didn’t do the right thing police could come and shut them down.

Flu has "pandemic potential," WHO official warns

MEXICO CITY — One Mexico City resident believed the government was locking flu victims up in prison. Another alleged the government itself was actually inventing the whole outbreak. A third thought it could be some kind of biological warfare by drug cartels. With up to 68 people dead from a new lethal strain of swine flu hitting Mexico, fear, panic and downright paranoia are spreading through the streets of the Mexican capital as fast as the disease itself.

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.
Syndicate content