April 26, 2009 / 12:39 AM / 10 years ago

Swine flu may have killed up to 81 in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - An outbreak of a new type of swine flue in Mexico may have killed up to 81 people there this month, Health Minister Jose Angel Cordova said on Saturday.

More than 1,300 people in Mexico were suspected to be infected with the flu, which global health experts have warned could become a global epidemic. All schools will be closed in Mexico City, the surrounding area and the central state of San Luis Potosi until May 6, Cordova said.

Reporting by Michael O'Boyle and Adriana Barrera; Editing by Peter Cooney

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