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Beijing has banned pork imports from Mexico and the US states of Texas, Kansas and California with immediate effect, according to state news agency Xinhua.
A series of tough measures were also announced in Hong Kong, where the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) killed hundreds of people in 2003.
All travellers will be screened on arrival and any ill person will be quarantined.
Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia have announced similar plans, with many airports using devices that were put in place to monitor Sars and bird flu over the last few years.
called on the public to respond calmly and act on correct information. Meanwhile, the foreign ministry established a liaison office and begun around-the-clock gathering of information on the outbreak and urged those who are bound for the swine flu-stricken country to abort their trips. At Kansai and Narita international airports, the quarantine station used thermographic imaging to check the temperatures of passengers coming from Mexico to detect fevers that could be caused by swine flue infections. The Agriculture, forestry and fisheries ministry also instructed animal quarantine offices across Japan to check live pigs brought into Japan for possible infection.
Japan will suspend visa-free entry for Mexican nationals and advise its own citizens to defer trips to the Latin American nation, the center of a global swine-flu outbreak.
Israeli health ministry officials held emergency consultations to determine whether any new measures were needed to protect against the flu that the World Health Organisation has warned has "pandemic" potential.
The UK is one of the best prepared countries to deal with swine flu and "all action necessary" will be taken to stop its spread, Gordon Brown has said.
The world response to flu crisis It is no longer possible to contain the deadly swine flu virus first found in Mexico, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. As a potential pandemic edges closer, governments around the world have been stepping up precautions against its spread.
Broker FinnCap has identified Swiss drugs company Roche and UK pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline as producers of the only approved drugs for treatment of influenza. UK stocks in the travel and leisure sector were particularly hard hit Monday by concerns over the outbreak. Among Footsie stocks, cruise operator Carnival, airline British Airways, hotel chain InterContinental and package tour companies Thomas Cook and TUI Travel were the five worst performing stocks.
Among mid-caps, travel related stocks such as Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, airlines easyJet and Ryanair, plus short break specialist Holidaybreak are marked lower.
Animal related stocks also get hit, some understandably and others as a result of fear of consumer panic.
"no incontrovertible evidence" the strain "is an efficient spreader". But swine flu has turned up in at least seven countries and appears to be jumping borders via plane flights. As many countries intensified airport checks, the WHO stressed that border screenings "don't work" in detecting passengers who may be infected.
The Cuban government has suspended flights to and from Mexico for 48 hours in a measure to prevent an outbreak of swine flu in the island nation, state-run media said on Tuesday.
The government said it was prepared to introduce tighter restrictions if necessary to keep the illness at bay. Cuba has reported no confirmed cases of swine flu
What is the mortality rate of the swine flu? Before people begin to demand that travels be restricted I hope they at least do a a little research and find out if it is warranted.
Why do you need a death count? International travel should have been stopped the moment everyone, including the WHO realised that there was something going on with a virus that was spreading.
I agree with the OP, and I wrote all my congressmen to stop all commercial flights, immediately. And, I'm a LIBERTARIAN, and I know this is what must be done.
BUENOS AIRES, April 28 (Reuters) - The Argentine government suspended flights from Mexico on Tuesday, the second country to restrict travel as a precaution against the spread of an outbreak of swine flu. The ban applies to direct flights from Mexico and takes effect on Wednesday until Monday, Cabinet Chief Sergio Massa told reporters. Argentina's decision came hours after the Cuban government suspended flights to and from Mexico for 48 hours as a precaution to prevent the virus from reaching the Caribbean island.