Haiti Rejects Emergency Food from Mexico

By John W. Lillpop

Just when Mexico was set to declare the Mexican swine flu "old news" and no longer worth fretting over, this battered nation received a punch on the nose from the impoverished island of Haiti.

As reported, in part, at Yahoo News:


"Haitian officials said they would not accept a Mexican navy ship carrying 77 tons of rice, fertilizer and emergency food kits, said Mexico's ambassador, Zadalinda Gonzalez y Reynero. She said Haiti asked for the ship to come 'on another occasion.' "

From the same link:

"In Mexico, the confirmed death toll reached 42 Wednesday — mostly as backlogged cases got tested, but also two new deaths on Tuesday. It also confirmed more than 1,100 nonfatal cases. Eighty percent of Mexico's swine flu infections have been in and around the capital, and a majority of the dead were between 20 and 39 years old."

Mexico would be well advised to slow down the return to "normal" long enough to assure that the virus is really contained.