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The Virus in South America

EFE - El Diario/La Prensa, Posted: May 01, 2009

Across South America, governments are urging their citizens to take precautions to avoid swine flu, report EFE and El Diario/La Prensa.

LIMA -- President Alan Garca is calling for calm after announcing that the swine flu virus had been introduced in Peru, reports Spanish-language news service EFE. Garca said the swine flu alarms the world, scares families, but if we all take adequate precautions and necessary steps, we can overcome the danger of infection and transmission.

BUENOS AIRES -- Cabinet Chief Sergio Massa noted that the countrys health system has an inventory of 500,000 doses of anti-influenza medicine, and will receive 110,000 more in the next few days.

PANAMA Clinical tests of five of nine cases of suspected swine flu in Panama have resulted negative, while the four others are still being studied, according to national health director Cirilo Dawson.

QUITO -- Ecuadorian Minister of Security Miguel Carvajal defended the state of emergency in the country because of the rapid transmission of swine flu. Carvajal told Gama TV that this allows state institutions to act swiftly to react to the situation.

MONTEVIDEO -- The Uruguayan government predicts that it will have a greater deficit in the coming months as a result of the costs of fighting swine flu, President Tabar Vzquez told the local press. Concern over the virus caused a sharp drop in business for airlines, hotels and tourism. Vazquez, a doctor by profession, noted that Uruguay "will have to buy more seasonal influenza vaccine when the whole world is buying it, which complicates the situation," EFE reports.

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