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07 February 2012 12:23
Health officials have warned people to have a vaccination against swine flu
Health officials in Mexico have reported that a swine flu epidemic is sweeping the country.
People gearing up to travel to the area may want to take out
medical travel insurance following the news that 1,500 cases have been reported over the past month.
The number of cases reported during January exceeded the total for the whole of last year, the figures showed.
Following the outbreak, medical professionals in nearby St Louis are concerned that it could also take hold there on the back of figures showing 27 people had contracted the condition over a one-week period.
Dr James Hinrichs is chief medical officer for SSM St Joseph's Health Center, St Louis, said: "My message is that this is something that is occurring in Mexico. It certainly could travel north, but we're telling people if you haven't been vaccinated it's not too late."
He urged people to have the vaccine, saying that it offers protection against strains currently affecting people.
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