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Mexico ends swine flu alert after 14 months

world Updated: Jun 30, 2010 11:38 IST

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The Mexican government has announced the end of the health alert for swine flu after 14 months in which 1,289 people died in this country and 72,000 cases were registered.

Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova Villalobos made the announcement at a press conference on Tuesday.

The decision was taken unanimously on Monday by the General Health Council after observing the evolution of the epidemic - which caused its last fatality in May - and in agreement with the World Health Organisation and the Pan American Health Organisation.

While there were 216 people hospitalised in October 2009, by June 25 there were only 22.

"The ciruculation of the virus is minimal," Villalobos said.

Nonetheless, the country is not lowering its guard and still has some 875,000 doses of anti-influenza A (H1N1) vaccine on hand.

June 11 marked one year since swine flu was declared a pandemic.