posted on Aug, 7 2009 @ 05:28 AM
Mexico's swine flu death toll rose by three to 149 on Thursday, as North American leaders prepared to discuss joint efforts to contain the virus at a
summit in Mexico this weekend.
The number of identified cases of A(H1N1) rose by more than 300 to 17,581, compared with the last health ministry report two days ago, amid a recent
surge in cases in the southeast of the country.
The health ministry underlined that vaccinations against the virus were due to start in December, after the World Health Organization on Thursday
moved to reassure the public about the safety of pandemic flu vaccines.
Mexico has two million doses of Tamiflu in reserve and has ordered 20 million A(H1N1) vaccines for a population of over 100 million.
Swine flu joins drug trafficking and climate change on a packed agenda of talks between North American leaders in Guadalajara, western Mexico, on
Sunday and Monday.