From the Sydney Morning Herald:
A member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has dismissed claims that more than 150 people have died from swine flu, saying it has officially recorded only seven deaths around the world.
Vivienne Allan, from WHO’s patient safety program, said the body had confirmed that worldwide there had been just seven deaths – all in Mexico – and 79 confirmed cases of the disease.
This is confirmed on the WHO website. They also include one American death. But I have also heard that the one death in the US was actually a Mexican national, 22 months old with several underlying health issues. I have not heard that there have been laboratory tests confirming that death was caused by H1N1 flu.
Meanwhile, the Blame America First crew is off on a full tilt attempt to whip things up:
Mexico’s top government epidemiologist said Wednesday that it is “highly improbable” that a farm in the Mexican state of Veracruz operated by Smithfield Foods Inc. is responsible for the nation’s swine-flu outbreak.
Miguel Ángel Lezana, the government’s chief epidemiologist, said in an interview that pigs at the farm are from North America, while the genetic material in the virus is from Europe and Asia.
I heard that particular meme begin on the same day the media hoopla began over the “pandemic”.