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H1N1 Flu - Swine Flu - Pig Flu

Monday, April 27, 2009

Swine flu affects world economy

Swine flu news updated April 27, 2009 Monday at 9pm

The World Health Organisation has warned that swine flu -- apparently born out of a mix of human and avian flu viruses that infected pigs -- could become a pandemic and called for all nations to "intensify surveillance".

The number of suspected cases in Mexico has reached 1,614, up from 1,324, the health minister said on national television.

How is swine flu / pig flu affecting world economy?

Worldwide stock markets spirals downwards after news of this swine flu epidemic spread.

Airline stocks in particular plunged on worries that governments could impose travel restrictions.

China, Thailand & Russia has banned meat imports from Mexico and the 5 US states.

An official said the US government intends to release a quarter of the national stockpile of 50 million doses of the Tamiflu and Relenza anti-viral drugs.

Swiss pharmaceutical group Roche said it was ready to send out more stocks of Tamiflu, which it manufactures. So we're predicting that pharmaceutical related stocks might benefit from this current swine flu situation.

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