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A flurry of activity erupted Monday in response to reports of an emerging flu epidemic traced to southeastern Mexico late last week.
By this morning, the disease had reached the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. Travel advisories, but not bans, are in effect for Mexico, according to the Associated Press.
Mexico has reported more than 150 fatalities blamed on influenza A (H1N1), a respiratory ailment found in pigs, which does not normally infect humans.
Los Alamos County emergency coordinator Philmont Taylor said no cases have been identified in New Mexico.
As of this morning, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 45 cases in New York City, 10 in California, six in Texas, two in Kansas and one in Ohio.
No fatalities have yet been reported in the United States, while the toll in Mexico has grown above 150, but with a slight down tick in new cases in recent days.
“All the states are monitoring fairly carefully, especially New Mexico, since we share a border with Mexico,” Taylor said.
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