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In Mexico, high alert as schools open doors

HIGH schools and universities closed by the swine flu epidemic reopened across Mexico yesterday as teachers and parents carefully checked returning students for flu symptoms.

Mexico had mobilized teachers and parents to disinfect its schools following a two-week closure intended to curb the spread of the virus. Some youths showing flu symptoms were sent home yesterday. Primary schools will reopen next week.

All places of business, including sports arenas, dance halls, movie theaters and restaurants, were allowed to reopen yesterday after a government-ordered shutdown that began last week.

But establishments must follow hygiene rules, including screening for any sick people.

Secretary of Public Education Alonso Lujambio called on citizens to show "strength of spirit," trying to assuage worries that it was too early to restart classes after the flu killed 44 people in Mexico and sickened at least 1,160.

US health officials are no longer recommending that schools close because of suspected swine flu cases since the virus has turned out to be milder than initially feared. But many US schools have done so anyway, including the school of the Texas teacher who just died.

Deaths have slowed as the country mobilized an aggressive public health response to the epidemic that has sickened thousands in 24 countries.

In Washington, health officials said they identified genetic characteristics of the virus and were in position to produce a vaccine if one is needed.


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