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May 6, 2009

2009 Swine Flu outbreak

In late April, an outbreak of a new strain of H1N1 Influenza, commonly called "swine flu", was detected in Mexico City. The initial spread of the virus appeared to be rapid - that, coupled with several deaths of young, otherwise healthy flu victims raised global awareness and initial alarm. As of today, Mexico has confirmed over 800 infections and 42 deaths resulting from H1N1 - 22 countries worldwide now have reported 1,516 cases of influenza A (H1N1). Recent reports have been more restrained, however, with no apparent evience of a pandemic, milder-than-expected flu symptoms, and a rate of infection only slightly higher than a normal seasonal flu. Collected here are photographs of people in Mexico and around the world dealing with H1N1 or or preparing for possible encounters. (36 photos total)

A Mexican passenger is checked by a doctor at Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City, on May 4, 2009. Mexico's toll from the A(H1N1) influenza virus has increased to 22 dead and 568 infected cases, Health Minister Jose Angel Cordova said late Sunday, while the World Health Organisation says 20 countries have officially reported 1,003 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infections. (ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)

A young girl wears a face mask to protect herself from swine flu, at Los Angeles International Airport on May 01, 2009. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images) #

Relatives of Juana Toribio, 39, who died last April 28 in Mexico City's Institute of Respiratory Illnesses, pause while preparing meals prior to her funeral services at her home town in Santa Maria Matamoros, Oaxaca state, Mexico. According to her death certificate she died from atypical pneumonia but Mexican health authorities told the Associated Press they believe she died of complications from the swine flu virus. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini) #

In this photo taken Thursday April 30, 2009, musicians take part in a funeral ceremony for Juana Toribio, who died in a Mexico City medical center last April 28 at her home town in Santa Maria Matamoros, Oaxaca state, Mexico. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini) #

Navy Doctor Captain Manuel Velasco displays a handful of vials containing samples taken from the throats of patients who are suspected of having swine flu at the Naval hospital in Mexico City, Sunday, May 3, 2009. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills) #

A patient has an x-ray taken of her chest in the area where people suspected to have contracted the swine flu virus are treated at the Naval hospital in Mexico City, Sunday, May 3, 2009. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills) #

Members of the cleaning brigades of Mexico City's government disinfect a subway station on May 2, 2009 in Mexico City. (MIGUEL CASTILLO/AFP/Getty Images) #

A worker of the Cruz Azul's stadium, wearing a face mask, watches a Mexican soccer league match between Cruz Azul and Indios at the Cruz Azul's stadium, closed to the public by authorities as a precaution against swine flu, in Mexico City, Saturday May 2, 2009. (AP Photo/Claudio Cruz) #

A woman wearing a surgical mask walks inside a subway station in Mexico City May 2, 2009. (REUTERS/Eliana Aponte (MEXICO HEALTH IMAGES OF THE DAY) #

Customers walk past the anti-flu section at a supermarket in Taipei, Taiwan on May 4, 2009. The Chinese characters read "Anti-flu section." (REUTERS/Pichi Chuang) #

Chinese health workers in protective outfits examine passengers onboard an AeroMexico flight AM 98 that landed at Pudong international airport in Shanghai from Mexico Thursday, April 30, 2009. A passenger on the flight who continued on to Hong Kong on China Eastern Airlines flight MU 505 later was diagnosed with swine flu. Chinese authorities suspended flights from Mexico to Shanghai, the only direct flight to the mainland. (AP Photo/EyePress) #

British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell demonstrates how to cover your face while coughing, during a news conference at the BC Centre for Disease Control in Vancouver, British Columbia May 1, 2009. Several more cases of influenza A (H1N1), formerly referred to as swine flu, were confirmed in the province. (REUTERS/Lyle Stafford) #

Workers sewing isolation gowns inside a Medtecs garments plant in Bataan province, north of Manila April 30, 2009. Medtecs, a plant in the Philippines producing face masks and isolation gowns has increased production by three times as demand for protected equipment grows due to swine flu outbreak. (REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco) #

Wearing protective gear, a medic works in the emergency area where people with swine flu-like symptoms are checked at the Naval hospital in Mexico City Wednesday April 29, 2009. (AP Photo/Enric Marti) #

A woman, wearing a face mask as a precaution against swine flu, holds a skeletal figure representing the folk saint known in Mexico as Santa Muerte, or Death Saint, during a ceremony in Mexico City, Friday May 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) #

A masked child drives a bumper car in in Mexico City Thursday April 30, 2009. Every April 30th, Mexico celebrates Children's Day but due to the ongoing swine flu outbreak and the sanitary measures taken to contain it, most children remained inside their homes. (AP Photo/Miguel Tovar) #

A Red Cross worker demonstrates how to properly wear and remove protective gloves during a training session with volunteers in Guatemala City April 29, 2009. (REUTERS/Daniel LeClair) #

Priest Rogelio Peralta Gomez prays over Jamie Ximena during a baptism ceremony at a church service on May 3, 2009 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) #

A couple wearing surgical masks to avoid influenza A (H1N1) (swine flu virus), kisses at Mexico City's Zocalo square, on April 30, 2009. (LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images) #

Street musician Margarito Garcia, wearing a face mask, sits at the San Ysidro crossing port in Tijuana, Mexico, Friday, May 1, 2009.(AP Photo/Guillermo Arias) #

Boxes of the antiviral drug Tamiflu are stacked in a warehouse in an undisclosed location in The United Kingdom on April 29, 2009. (REUTERS/Katie Collins/Pool) #

Pig farm owner Nguyen Ngoc Thuc checks an one-day-old pig in his farm in Tan Lap Village in Hanoi, Vietnam, Wednesday, May 6, 2009. According to the owner, his farm makes extra effort to prevent the possible spread of swine flu, for example increasing disinfections, though Vietnam is currently free from the flu. (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki) #

A nurse demonstrates how to wear a high-efficiency particulate (HEPA) mask in a special ward to prepare for any possible Swine Flu outbreak, at Kasturba Gandhi Hospital in Mumbai, India, Sunday, May 3, 2009. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade) #

A woman walks in a nearly empty building at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM, in Mexico City, Monday, May 4, 2009. Mexican officials lowered their flu alert level in the capital on Monday, and plan to allow schools, businesses, museums and libraries to reopen this week. (AP Photo/Miguel Tovar) #

Egyptian farmers throw rocks towards police during clashes over an ordered mass slaughter of pigs in al-Mukatam neighbourhood in Cairo on May 3, 2009. Egyptian riot police clashed with stone-throwing pig farmers who were trying to prevent their animals being taken away for slaughter as part of a mass nationwide cull. Between 300 and 400 residents of a slum district of Cairo, where mostly Coptic Christian scrap merchants raise pigs, hurled stones and bottles at police. (KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images) #

An Egyptian policeman wears a mask as he stands guard in front of a pick up truck full of pigs at the main slaughterhouse in Cairo April 30, 2009. Egypt, hit hard by bird flu, has ordered the slaughter of every pig herd in the country as a precaution against swine flu, a step the United Nations said was a mistake. (REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih) #

A man sprays disinfectant in a classroom as a prevention against the transmission of swine flu, while members of the media surround him at the Mexico's National Autonomous University, UNAM, in Mexico City, Tuesday, May 5, 2009. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #

Government workers clean buildings to combat Influenza A H1N1 in downtown Mexico city May 5, 2009. (REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar) #

A woman wearing a mask prays at an empty church at the Coyoacan neighborhood in Mexico City, Sunday, April 26, 2009. Churches stood empty in Mexico City after services were canceled.(AP Photo/Enric Marti) #

Locals wearing face masks to prevent contagion of the swine flu return to work in Mexico City, on April 28, 2009. (OMAR TORRES/AFP/Getty Images) #

A doctor checks patients presenting symptoms of the swine flu virus, now named influenza A(H1N1), kept in isolation at the National Institute of Respiratory Diseases (INER) in Mexico City on May 5, 2009. (LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images) #

Suspected member of the Gulf Cartel Gregorio Sauceda Gamboa, center, is escorted to be presented to the press after his arrest at federal police headquarters in Mexico City, Wednesday, April 29, 2009. He and the police officers escorting him wear face masks as a precaution against swine flu. Gamboa is one of Mexico's 24 most-wanted drug traffickers, according to federal police. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte) #

A University of Delaware student who did not want to be identified, rides around the university campus wearing a gas mask to make a statement about how he feels the swine flu is being overblown by the media, Thursday, April 30, 2009 in Newark, Del. Four cases of swine flu at the University of Delaware have been confirmed, state officials said. (AP Photo/The News Journal, Suchat Pederson) #

A group of Mexicans wait on a bus prior to boarding a plane in Hong Kong early May 6, 2009. The plane was chartered to pick up Mexicans quarantined in Hong Kong to guard against the spread of influenza A (H1N1), formerly referred to as swine flu. (REUTERS/Mike Clarke/Pool) #

In this April 28, 2009 photo, Edgar Hernandez, 4, who according to Mexico's Veracruz state authorities survived the swine flu, plays in his garden in La Gloria, Mexico. Hundreds of his neighbors in La Gloria - villagers who live among pig-breeding farms - were suffering from flu-like symptoms, as well. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini) #

A worker holds up a face mask at a hospital equipment factory in Cornella de Llobregat, near Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, April 30, 2009. Face mask sales for the company increased from 250,000 units to 1 million units per week due to the swine flu scare. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) #