World Bank Gives Aid to Mexico for Swine Flu

WASHINGTON (AP) - The World Bank is providing Mexico with more
than $200 million in loans to help it deal with an outbreak of a new strain of swine flu.

Mexican health officials say swine flu has killed up to 86 people and likely sickened about 1,400 in the country since April 13.

Mexican Finance Minister Agustin Carstens says $25 million will be used to address immediate needs. He says the remaining $180 million in loans will deal with long-term needs.

World Bank chief Robert Zoellick says the bank is providing Mexican officials with information about how other nations have dealt with similar outbreaks of disease.

The bank held its spring meetings this weekend in Washington

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