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Argentina’s President: ‘We are standing before a very dangerous pandemic’

July 4, 2009

cristina_manzur_470p030709The news from Argentina continues to be disturbing…Yesterday (July 3), President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner gave new details of the H1N1 situation in Argentina at a joint press conference with Buenos Aires Governor Daniel Scioli, Buenos Aires Health minister Claudio Zin, and national Health Minister Juan Manzur, from Abete hospital.

  • She confirmed that 44 people died in the country due to the new virus.
  • She asked Argentine people to make “an exercise of prudence and responsibility” amid the outbreak of the H1N1 influenza.
  • The president urged the media to be “responsible” and criticized them for informing non-official figures which cause “panic” among the people.

They reiterated the need of “collaboration and responsibility” people must have to overcome the outbreak of the H1N1 influenza, adding the government is guaranteeing the supply of medicines. After saying that Argentina is going through a very “serious and delicate situation,” he explained that from 120,000 cases of influenza, 85.9% are H1N1 cases.

There is an extensive list of closures, community social distancing programs that have been initiated in an effort to slow the spread of the illness.  A list of all of the restrictions to date in the country can be reviewed at:

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