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Swine flu hits Asia (Hong Kong) - Update

Swine flu hits Asia as Mexico shuts down to halt spread

Interactive graphic on swine flu as the World Health Organisation raises its alert status to Phase 5 to indicate that a global pandemic is now "imminent".

The first case of swine flu was confirmed in Asia on Friday as health experts said a vaccine should be ready in a few months and Mexico said the virus was not as aggressive as originally feared.

Confirmation by Hong Kong authorities that a traveler from Mexico tested positive for A(H1N1) flu virus saw an entire hotel quarantined and sent shivers through the territory which was at the center of the 2003 SARS crisis. Read more... at AFP

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