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NEW YORK -- As at least three more cases of the human swine influenza were confirmed in the United States on Saturday -- bringing the U.S. total to 11 -- the World Health Organization chief said the strain has ''pandemic potential'' and it may be too late to contain a sudden outbreak.
WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said the outbreak in Mexico and the United States constituted a ``public health emergency of international concern.''
Two cases of the human swine influenza have been confirmed in Kansas and one in California. Eight cases have also been identified in California and
The first case was seen in Mexico on April 13. The outbreak coincided with the President Barack Obama’s trip to Mexico City on April 16. Obama was received at Mexico’s anthropology museum in Mexico City by Felipe Solis, a distinguished archeologist who died the following day from symptoms similar to flu, Reforma newspaper reported. The newspaper didn’t confirm if Solis had swine flu or not.