Breaking: The death toll from the swine flu virus has risen to 68 in Mexico. Mexico City has shut down schools, libraries, museums, and other public buildings to attempt to thwart the spread of the virus. The CDC has confirmed that the strain is the same that sickened 8 people in California and Texas. According to the CDC, drugs Tamiflu and Relenza seem to work against the virus effectively and Roche, the makers of Tamiflu, are prepared to distribute it widely if needed, MSNBC.
Sources tell BNO News that testing is being done on 75 New York City school children who have fallen in with flu-like symptoms. We’ll update as details become available, BNO. The testing is being done at St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens. The results could take several days, WCBSTV.
BBC News has crafted a helpful swine flu Q&A here.
In other news, we reported yesterday that the Taliban had taken over a key area of Pakistan, the town of Buner. Today, the Taliban have announced they are withdrawing from the area thanks to a negotiated peace deal, BBC News.
The African National Congress party have won a majority of the votes in South Africa’s elections. When Parliament meets next month, the ANC will name Jacob Zuma as South Africa’s new president. Zuma has made contrvoersial remarks on teen pregnancy and gay marriage, but he remains a popular fgure in the country, Sky News.