Mexico City Mayor Cancels All Public Events Amid Flu Fears

MEXICO CITY (AP) - The streets are nearly deserted in the normally bustling Mexico City, amid fears of a deadly flu outbreak.

At least two dozen people have died in from the new strain of swine flu. Dozens of other deaths may be linked to the virus, and more than 1,000 people have been stricken with it.

Mexico City officials have closed schools and cancelled all public events until further notice. They're urging people to stay home if they feel sick and to avoid shaking hands or kissing people on the cheeks.

The local Roman Catholic Church has released several recommendations, including shortening Mass and decreeing that Catholics can fulfill their Mass obligations with a radio service.

The disease has already reached Texas and California, but all eight of those stricken have since recovered.

AP correspondent Mark Stevenson reports the city has cancelled all public events for ten days to keep the flu from spreading.

AP correspondent Mark Stevenson reports sports fans will have to forgo one of their favorite pasttimes because sporting events have
been cancelled to control the flu outbreak.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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