The irony didn't pass unnoticed this week,as the Mexican government proudly
announced the Global Summit over Lessons
Learned from Influenza A (H1N1) in Cancun,the New York Times ran a story
suggesting the new swine flu started in Asia,not Mexico.
the popular assumption that the new swine flu pandemic arose on factory farms in
Mexico,federal agriculture officials now believe that it most likely emerged in
pigs in Asia,but then traveled to North America in a human",said the East
But the irony won't be allowed to affect the importance of
the conference,regardless of where the flu originated.
The event being
held July 1-3,2009,expects the participation of the general directors from
important organizations,such as Margaret Chan from the World Health
Organization (WHO) and Mirta Roses of the Pan-American Organization of Health.
Margaret Chan recently praised Mexico for the openess and speed with
which it implemented health measures.
40 ministers of health from
different countries have also been invited,as well as high level specialists in
the influenza virus (H1N1).
State Governor of Quintana Roo,Felix
Gonzalez,said,“The Global Summit will not only position Mexico and Quintana
Roo as a safe place for tourist activity,but also will serve as platform to
exchange knowledge and information regarding Influenza A (H1N1) virus benefiting
people around the worlds".
Read the full
article about the origins of the new flu on the New York Times