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Global alarm at swine flu outbreak

Reported cases rise in US, Mexico; epidemic feared

A group of nuns wore surgical masks to protect themselves against swine flu yesterday in Mexico City. A group of nuns wore surgical masks to protect themselves against swine flu yesterday in Mexico City. (Gregory Bull/ Associated Press)
By Stephen Smith
Globe Staff / April 26, 2009

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Public health authorities in Massachusetts urged doctors and clinics yesterday to be vigilant for patients exhibiting signs of respiratory illness, after an international health official warned that a swine flu virus that is responsible for a deadly outbreak in Mexico and has been detected in parts of the United States could spark a global epidemic. (Full article: 802 words)

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