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Recriminations in Mexico as flu toll grows

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Recriminations in Mexico as flu toll grows

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The Mexican government says while the number of deaths from swine flu will rise it will win the battle against the virus.

Almost 2,000 people have been hospitalised for pneumonia linked to the outbreak. But some have complained of a lack of treatment. One woman said her son was originally turned away from hospital because it was thought he had common flu. She added the doctors had now told he is terminally ill. Others with sick relatives say no health officials have visited them for testing. The health service says it does not have enough staff to see all the families. The government says people have to act quickly at the first sign of symptoms. Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova said: “They are going to the hospitals too late, we have insisted on this. The medicine is only effective in the first two days.” As efforts are stepped up to contain the bug within Mexico’s borders the government has sounded one postive note. It says the the rate of deaths may be slowing. 29 people quueing Others with sick relatives say no health officials have visited them for testing. The health service says it doesn’t have enough staff to see all the families. The government says people have to act quickly at the first sign of symptoms. 43 sot minister “They are going to the hospitals too late, we have insisted on this. The medicine is only effective in the first two days.” 55 border As efforts are stepped up to contain the bug withing Mexico’s borders the government has sounded one postive note. It says the the rate of deaths may be slowing. 1.07