‘Too late’ to contain swine flu

A deadly swine flu virus first detected in Mexico can no longer be contained, a World Health Organization (WHO) official has said.

WHO Assistant Director General Keiji Fukuda said countries should now focus on mitigating the effects of the virus.

The WHO has raised its alert level from three to four, two steps short of declaring a full pandemic.

The number of probable deaths from the virus in Mexico has officially risen to 152 though only 20 cases are confirmed.

The US, Canada, Spain and Britain have confirmed milder versions.

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