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Swine Flu Confirmed in Europe

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As the world mobilizes for the possible long-feared pandemic, the EU Health Minister, Andorra Vassiliou, URGES that EU citizens not visit Mexico at this time.

According to the AP and the Star Tribune, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, EU Health Commissioner Andorra Vassiliou has told reporters "they should avoid traveling to Mexico or the United States of America unless it is very urgent for them."

EU foreign ministers discussed the outbreak of swine flu on Monday and the EU health ministers were holding an emergency meeting on the subject Thursday.

http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/health/43761732.html

Aljazeera.net is carrying a report that Asian governments are gearing up for the new Swine Flu threat and are well-prepared because of their recent fight against SARS, the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome and Bird Flu threats.

Aljazeera reports that Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia are screen passengers for flu symptoms.

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/04/200942733956921233.html

Philippine, Chinese, and Taiwan are planning to quarantine symptomatic individuals according to the Arab language network.

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