Monday, May 4, 2009

Argentina keeps ban on flights from Mexico amid flu scare

Updated at: 1336 PST, Monday, May 04, 2009

BUENOS AIRES: Argentina plans to keep in place for now a ban on incoming flights from Mexico as the South American nation copes with the H1N1 swine flu scare, the health ministry said.

Argentina's Health Minister Graciela Ocana told reporters that chief of staff Sergio Massa "informed me that it has been decided that the suspension of incoming flights from Mexico will continue."

On Monday Argentine officials are to assess how long the ban will remain in place. Ocana said the virus was not spreading in Argentina, which has so far no confirmed cases of the disease, although the number of suspected cases rose from 17 to 29 according to daily figures reported by deputy health minister Carlos Soratti.

Ocana added that 203 Argentines are to arrive on a special flight from Mexico early Monday and would face immediate checks by doctors at the airport. The ban on incoming flights was put in place on Tuesday after a high-level crisis meeting.

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