Year After Swine Flu 1, Mexicans Split On ResponseOn by
Mexicans are bristling after pursuing initial government suggestions that may have been counterproductive and question the worthiness of late-arriving vaccines. However, the director of Mexico’s National Center for Epidemiology and Disease Control insists the country – and the world – are better ready for another, more dangerous flu outbreak. Miguel Angel Lezana said.
Within five times of last year’s April 23 flu announcement, Mexico City would essentially down shut, roads clear of traffic, and almost every business shuttered by government order. Just a few wary, masked silhouettes plied the streets, and a pall of dread and mistrust settled within the populous city. One year later, the fear is gone but Mexico is feeling the human and economic consequences of swine flu still.
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The pandemic wiped out 1,185 people in Mexico – out of 17,700 fatalities worldwide. Tourism income, Mexico’s largest income source after oil and remittances, have to recuperate to pre-flu levels yet. But Mexico, like a great many other nations, is still struggling to provide out increasingly unpopular vaccines. About three-quarters of the way to fulfilling the nation’s goal of 30 million vaccinations, many here wonder why they should risk the shot’s real or imagined side effects at this time.
Carla Gonzalez, a 25 year-old homemaker, says she feels misled by the complete federal government response. A flu vaccine, she says, made her sick. And she wonders if the whole crisis wasn’t concocted to get people’s thoughts off Mexico’s economic and cultural problems, echoing accusations – from the political still left – that the problems were overblown mainly. The global world Health Organization estimates only 1 1 in 10,000 people have significant reactions to the vaccine.
The swine flu outbreak persuaded Mexico to develop the capability to make its own flu vaccines after it experienced trouble buying enough. Mexico has slowly acquired the vaccine – even as other nations sell or destroying shares – to vaccinate about 23 million people so far, establishing inoculation stands in the Mexico City subway even.
One lesson of the epidemic is that information, true or not, moves more on the internet than through official channels quickly. 1 trillion GDP, largely in lost tourism income. Tourism has since begun to recover, but Mexican officials say some sort of an international fund to compensate countries for early reporting of new outbreaks is needed. If not, “the next time, countries are going to say, ‘no, this will affect our economy, it’s better not to state anything,’ ” Ahmed said.
Recalling the first days of the epidemic when private hospitals were filling up with people on respirators, the public-health was said by him message – avoid contamination, and seek treatment early – has percolated into the general population. It shows in small ways often. Francisco Santos, 28, followed the government’s instructions however now feels deceived. Government bodies only recommend masks for contaminated people now, who should avoid venturing out in public anyhow probably. Ultimately, Mexico, like the majority of countries, probably will never have the ability to build enough hospitals to deal with an extremely lethal and contagious flu. Lezana says. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.