Italy Ready to Tackle Swine Flu: Minister
    2009-04-28 21:55:53     Xinhua      Web Editor: Yang Yang
 

Italy is ready to tackle possible outbreak of swine flu in the country, Italian Welfare Minister Maurizio Sacconi said on Tuesday.

"The situation is under control in regard to any evolution. Italy is well prepared also because of its high standard of hygiene, which is a fundamental requisite to block the spread of the virus," Sacconi said.

There have been no confirmed cases of the disease in Italy. The only possible suspected case, proved negative in initial tests, is expected to be confirmed on Tuesday by Padua University, which hosts the top-level center for diseases prevention and control in the country.

The flu has killed 152 people in Mexico and has spread to other countries. There are 51 confirmed cases in the United States and six cases in Canada.

Spain reported on Monday the first confirmed case in Europe and other 26 suspected cases. Two cases were later confirmed in Scotland.

So far, there are five suspected cases in Sweden, three in Germany, four in France and one in Norway.

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