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CNN does not provide accurate information on timeline of H1N1 developments in La Gloria, Mexico.

La Gloria Challenged By Mexico's Chief Epidemiologist

(JohnBatchelor) - Days after the European media identified the the mega pig farm "manure lagoon" of La Gloria in Veracruz State as the most likely source of the A/H1Ni outbreak, the chief epidemiologist of Mexico M.A. Lezana has directly challenged the solution "Highly improbable," asserts Dr. Lezana.   Smithfield Foods of Virginia asserts that it's one million pigs in the  CAFO at La Gloria are virus free and that it is a Mexican company to blame.  Lezana's office says that the pigs at La Gloria are from North America and the genetic material in the virus are from North America and Europe.

    "The company also noted that its joint ventures in Mexico routinely administer influenza virus vaccination to their swine herds and conduct monthly tests for the presence of swine influenza."

Earlier reports, also in the Guardian.

"Patient Zero" Identified in Mexican Flu Outbreak?

(HuffingtonPost/AP) - Until now, the first flu death confirmed by Mexican authorities had been a woman in the southern state of Oaxaca, who died on April 13. But Health Secretary Cordova "suggested an earlier timeline for documented swine flu cases." Cordova said "tests now show that a 4-year-old boy contracted the disease at least two weeks earlier in neighboring Veracruz state, where a community has been protesting pollution from a large pig farm," the AP says. "The farm is run by Granjas Carroll de Mexico, a joint venture 50 percent owned by Virginia-based Smithfield Foods, Inc."

Company officials said there were no "clinical signs or symptoms" of swine influenza in their vast herds anywhere in Mexico, "But local residents are convinced they were sickened by air and water contamination from pig waste," according to AP. "There was a widespread outbreak of a particularly powerful respiratory disease in the area early April, and some people reported being sick as early as February. Local health workers intervened in early April, sealing off the town of La Gloria and spraying to kill off flies they said were swarming through their homes."

Cordova said people in the town had normal flu, and only one sample was preserved -- that belonging to the four-year-old boy. It was only after U.S. and Canadian epidemiologists discovered the true nature of the virus that Mexico submitted the sample for international testing, and discovered what he suffered from. Epidemiologists want to take a closer look at pigs in Mexico as a potential source of the outbreak.

Mexico slow to provide medical care

In the town of Xonacatlan, just west of Mexico City, Antonia Cortes Borbolla told The Associated Press that nobody has given her medicine in the week since her husband succumbed to raging fever and weakened lungs that a lab has confirmed as swine flu.

No health workers have inspected her home, asked how her husband might have contracted the illness or tested the neighbors' pigs, she said.

Cordova acknowledged that her case isn't unique. "We haven't given medicine to all of them because we still don't have enough personnel," he said.

"But I will not let myself be reduced to silence."

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri May 1st, 2009 at 01:22:41 PM EST

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